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Who is going to be the grown-up?

Harriet Minter frees herself from the parent-teen regression trap and uncovers some surprising results along the way

LESSONS IN ADULTHOOD

Why is it that returning to our childhood home always turns us back into children? For a long time, I didn’t even have to go back to a particular place, any interaction with my parents would send me straight into teenage mode. I would stop listening to what they had to say and feel my frustration rising. In return, they’d feel lost; not yet used to a world where their child is an adult, wanting to celebrate it, but also terriied of losing the hold that parenthood gave them. In short, none of us were ready to grow up.

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