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There comes a time when teenagers don't need their mums the way they used to.
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The defining feature of 21st century parents is a fierce determination to provide children with the best possible childhood and the best possible start in life. In pursuit of these admirable goals, a parent can easily over-extend their role, entering areas of children's lives that would have been off-limits to parents a couple of generations ago.
With two small boys I'm partially responsible for helping grow into good men, resilience and judgement have been on my mind a lot lately. The instinct to smooth the path, shield from darkness and give them only our best is so strong in parents. That's love, isn't it?