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John J Flanagan: By the grace of God your child is safe now, but you must be sure to keep a vigilant watch over her. All parents know their children keep some things to themselves and their friends, and will not discuss some of their feelings, values and beliefs with parents. They want to maintain some independence even though they are often unable to make prudent decisions. I would suggest you spend more time with your daughter, more communication, more mother and daughter conversation, day trips, and that you do not neglect her spiritual life either. Ground her in the Christian faith by weekly attendance and worship. The world can be a dangerous place, as you now realize, and you should do all you can pro-actively from now on, thinking forward, and do not worry about past parental mistakes.
Thursday, December 6, 2012, 8:31 pm
Ron: I had my grandchildren read your column this morning and we had a discussion. Nic thought you were a very protective mother. Emily thought your daughter did a dumb thing. Either way we used your words as a training tool today and they were helpful.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 11:34 am
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