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"Dad, you only read religion or life books," says Dylan. "Well, I read other stuff too!" I respond. But not really. He's right. I like inspirational, self-help, and religious books.

I've read enough of those to know that my job as a parent is to raise our kids so they can be independent. We are supposed to get them ready for the world and then let them go.

I'm under the impression this belief will protect me from devastation when they move out. "Aimee and I did what we were supposed to do," I'll tell myself. However, in the back of my mind, I know I'll be a mess.

But as of now, as each stage passes, I haven't been too sad. I like how they are older.  They can tell me what hurts or what they need. Plus, I like being able to doze off on the couch for 5 minutes, knowing they won't end up dead.

My method of "I'll be okay because they

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