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I know I'm a little late to

I know I'm a little late to this discussion since this was posted over a year ago. But I must say that I completely agree with the above comment. I was raised in a sheltered home and my parents were very protective of me until I turned 20 and moved out of the house. When I went to college I had a difficult time adjusting and dealing with the pressures of the real world. Though I don't think parents should allow their children to do whatever they want and there should be rules and regulations, children should not be sheltered and kept from the the "big bad world". It's better they know how to deal with the difficult choices they will face once leaving the safety of their parents home than to have to figure it out all alone whenever they're adults. Also, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is hardly an 'evil' book for a 16 year old to read. When I was in high school the people who read this book were the good kids who didn't do drugs or sleep around and graduated at the top of their class. Heck, they didn't even smoke cigarettes. It was the students who chose not to read and expand their minds that were participating in these risky behaviors. Be a parent when your child is young, but don't shelter them from the real world forever. You're only hurting them in the long run. You raised them right, now trust them to make their own decisions.

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