png: It sounds like you are both learning as you go along, and also getting closer in the process. The balance that is tough for us as parents is protection without smothering, and letting go without LETTING GO. I worry constantly about the years ahead of us with our almost ten year old. The teen years, the worries, the heartache and dangers. At times like these, I can see why I dread those future times. But, the delight for me is seeing what a beautiful young woman our daughter is becoming, and I can only hope that the strengths that we are instilling in her now will keep that foundation solid in the future. Our kids need love at any age, and it sounds like your daughter gets it, as far as your concern, and your love for her.
You sound like a great mom.