But leaving home also has another element... life changes for parents. The house becomes a lot quieter. They have more time on their hands. The washing pile they perhaps used to resent gets a lot smaller, and sometimes they probably wish it was just back to how it used to be. They cook far too much food for a while, not being used to being one down. They don't lose a child, but the relationship becomes different. I think more often than not though, the relationship can become stronger. Pauline and Erica are already like best friends, and I'm sure that this year living away from home will bring them even closer in many different ways.