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Adam Gopnik: On Children Leaving Home

Adam Gopnik reflects on the terrible day when children leave home.

Adam Gopnik's son is about to leave home. His suitcase is already packed. It's not a day Adam is looking forward to. Why is love between parents and their children so asymmetric, he wonders? Why do parents love their children infinitely - while children feel about their parents, at best, a mix of affection, pity, tolerance and forgiveness?

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A Point of View: The pain when children fly the nest

A Point of View: The pain when children fly the nest

With exam season a little over a month away, Adam Gopnik looks ahead with dread to that painful moment when his children leave the family home.

 

Read Adam Gopnik's article on the BBC News website

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