DEAR AMY: My middle-school daughter recently came out to our family. We are all very supportive of her. She has a girlfriend the same age, and the girlfriend’s family doesn’t know their daughter’s sexuality.
The girls want to have a sleepover to celebrate a birthday, and I am inclined to say no. I wouldn’t let any of my other children have a boyfriend/girlfriend sleep over at this age. The girlfriend’s parents may question why, but I feel it is not my place to tell them.
DEAR WORRIED: Aside from having crushes, did your other children have boyfriends or girlfriends at that age? This is the first issue I would clear up with her. And I agree with your logic that romantic couples don’t have sleepovers in your house.
It is not up to you to out this other girl to her parents. However, you should encourage her to be open, if it’s safe for her to do so. She may be less sure of her sexuality than your daughter is, so don’t push her.
I applaud your supportive attitude toward your daughter. But it is as important for you to discuss relationships, dating and sexual behavior with her as it would be with any other child her age.
DEAR AMY: I am 14 years old and currently on an exchange student program in Italy.
My last week (of six) has arrived. My parents have suggested that I skip school (with someone) and buy a train ticket to either Rome or Pisa to go sightseeing for the day. They say it would be so simple, but I am feeling very uncertain.
I have explained to my parents that…
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