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  •  No :) Thank you :) (3+ / 0-)

    There is some absolutely amazing advice in the comments! Good luck! I'd have to say, open lines of communication. Let her know that she can talk to you about ANYTHING. Teach her to use tools. Seriously. Starting around 10 with basics--hammer, screwdriver. Drills at 12. We had giant table saws. Was thrilled and scared when allowed to use them at 12.

    And...toughen her up. Don't treat her as if she is fragile. I used to think my parents, and particularly my father, were SO MEAN. I'd come home crying that something wasn't fair, and my father would roar, "The WORLD isn't fair!"

    Constructive criticism is good. Coddling...not so good. As an adult, I can handle criticism, insults, heartbreak...whatever comes my way. I credit my parents.

    I wish you the very best of luck :)

    •  Great! 'Course that assumes I know how to use 'em (2+ / 0-)
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      BadKitties, Oh Mary Oh

      But I guess I can fake it. I am pretty savvy with money so I hope I can teach her financial sense.
         The criticism/coddling balance is hard. . .she likes being coddled. . .and she is about to learn how hard life can be. . .but the communication I think I got

      Best of luck for both of us!

      An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head. -- Eric Hoffer

      by MichiganChet on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 02:08:40 PM PST

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