How do you cope? My soon to be 18 year old daughter has told me she intends to leave home probably in the next few months! Now this is not a totally 'out of the blue' scenario. I have known for a while that she wanted to 'make the break'. Last year she told me she wanted to go work and live abroad, but didn't really know how to do it. We talked about the possiblities of this and I thought I had persuaded her to give herself a few more years of 'real life' before making any drastic changes! She only left full time education last June. However, since then, she has found herself in a job that she hates, she hates where we live, and her only social life appears to be the internet. She has made a very good friend over the internet, and despite my initial reservations, has stayed at her friend's home in East Anglia. Her friend has also visited and stayed with us. This friend's family have given my daughter the opportunity to move there and live with them. This situation is difficult for me to understand. If this was someone else's scenario I would question the relationships between the mum and the daughter, but honestly, we have a great relationship and always have had. So I have to presume that my daughter has just had enough of the life she is currently living and wants to broaden her horizons and independance. But it still leaves me wondering what I did wrong? Is it normal for children these days to want to leave home so young? When I was her age (I know, violins) it just never entered my head to leave home so young. So, how do I handle this without feeling I have in some way, let my daughter down?