3:05 PM, June 5th, 2012

Like thousands of other young men and women, my son Edward graduated from college last week. My husband and I spent 21 years raising him and hoping to instill in him a love of learning, a compassionate heart, and a passion and enthusiasm for all he can do.

I was nonetheless in a panic. Have we taught him enough? Has he listened? Has he read enough? Been exposed to enough? Is he independent enough? This may sound like helicopter parenting, but as a full-time working mother my fear was of having given too little, not too much.

So we had Roxanne Cox write about the 10 books she’s sending her newly-graduated son off into the world with and it’s really practical and sweet and I could just give it a big hug. 
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