I was the one taken hostage.

There have been days when I’ve had to remind myself that parenting can be a stressful and exhausting job that I’m actually paying to do.

Of course we’ll always be here. When my daughter turned 18 I was all, hoo-rah, and I’m done, I did it! I soon discovered there was still an entirely different set of life skills I still needed to teach her. It’s called adulthood.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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