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One of my friends used to get very upset that his daughter used to call him a .... By 18-19 or so she emerged as a real sweetie. Hope it lasts. At this point I am watching my 18 month old granddaughter - she is very bright but it reminds me just how much there is to learn. All a step at a time. Lucky her grandfather dinna know it all yet so we have some empathy.
But does she like to sail???

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Bit early yet but some promising signs. She loves water, especially turning the hose on her GF. I suspect she will want to join me at times in due course if it is fun and an adventure, rather than being confined in a space with nothing to do. Neither of my kids turned into sailors, however they have good memories apparently, of holidays in which activities figured like cookouts on the beach, or rowing the dinghy, or the cat walking up the oar to get back to the boat, and going for a swim, or the dog being there, etc rather than hours sailing, and I guess winning the odd race father n son, or catching a bigger fish than dad.
I agree with Cam's approach. Adolescence can be a major pain but it passes. I don't think being forced to be an unwilling passenger works, but having fun together may.
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