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A Mother’s Wish for Her Daughter’s Day

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/bar_and_bat_mitzvahs/article/a_mothers_wish_for_her_daughters_day_20050812

Despite our tradition that sets the 13th year as the start of adulthood, 13 is not the end of childhood or the beginning of adulthood. Instead, it is the start of a new stage -- teenager. Neither an adult nor child, a teenager is like Dr. Doolittle's Push-Me, Pull-You: Sometimes he seems to be pushing toward adulthood, and at other times he is pulling back toward childhood.

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