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My daughter Lauren, who will be 19 next month, is a first-year college student. She’s incredibly mature for her age and always has been. From the time she was a very young child, I noticed that she saw the world differently from most kids in her peer group. She was incredibly self-possessed and able to process adult concepts at a time when other kids were trying to remember how to tie their shoes. Because of this, I’ve always talked to her as a peer and an equal (cue the screams of parents who think this is a huge mistake).

I’ve always been frank and direct with her. And I’ve talked to her the same way I would talk to my friends. And by the time she was in high school, this included dropping a curse word or two if the conversation warranted it. While Lauren didn’t pepper her speech with profanity when she was a younger teenager, she does now, and it doesn’t bother me at all.

I called Lauren at school last weekend to check on her. She told me she was participating in a conference, and I could hear a bit of discomfort in her voice. I asked her what was wrong, and she whispered, “They put the wrong name on my f–king name tag and they won’t print out another one!”

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