Beyond the Acorn Family Summer 2014

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Roots AND

Why

Wings

GIVING CHILDREN THE GROUNDING THEY NEED TO THRIVE AND THE FREEDOM THEY NEED TO FLY IS PROBABLY MOST CONFOUNDING WHEN THEY'RE PREPARING TO LEAVE HOME Written by STEPHANIE BERTHOLDO Illustration by BETH THAYER

Driving a car, first dates and going off to college are milestones in life that teens relish. But of them all, the college send-off probably marks the most dramatic shift in the relationship between parent and child. With every baby step toward adulthood, parents can’t 26 BEYONDTHEACORN.COM | SUMMER 2014

help but fret. Will my gregarious son be safe behind the wheel, or will his overconfidence push him to speed? Can my sensitive daughter emotionally weather a broken heart, or will she crumble when she suffers that inevitable firstlove loss?


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