I was recently emailed a story about a 23-year old gal named Dawn who is a college student at University of Wisconsin-Madison and lives at home because it's cheap and she gets along with mother, step-father and two sisters. She pays her own college tuition, has a job and takes care of her own financial needs, even giving her parents money for her food and her portion of the phone bill. She comes and goes as she pleases and normally lets someone know she'll be out late but one evening she goes out with friends and doesn't come home till the next evening. In the meantime her mother is having a fit and is very upset worried about her daughter. Dawn arrived home but was angry and embarassed that her mother called all over town looking for her, even going so far as to call friends of hers, her friends parents, and others, looking for her.
So, is this the case of an overbearing mother or does the daughter have some responsibility here?