Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Must Tell Your Daughter 'No'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Must Tell Your Daughter 'No'

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DEAR NATALIE: My daughter is 17 and her boyfriend is 19. He invited her to go away with him and his family in August to their summer home. His mother assured me that she will be supervised, but I just don't know how to feel about it. My gut is telling me "no," but I don't want to upset my daughter and make her feel as though I don't trust her. Any thoughts? - CONFLICTED MOM

CONFLICTED MOM: Your job as a mother is to upset your daughter. It's part of the fun of being a parent to a teenager. She comes up with a scheme and you foil it. In all seriousness though, sending your daughter away with her older boyfriend is like putting a hungry man in front of a buffet and telling him not to eat. The truth is, sneaking around is half the fun, and if left to their own devices, they are going to hook up. …

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