A Basement Hangout and a Dead Cellphone for 08/25/2017
Dear Family Coach

Dear Family Coach: My 16-year-old son has a girlfriend, and her mom does not allow them to be alone at my house. They prefer to hang out in our finished basement, but I don’t want to keep going down there. Should I tell them they can’t go down there or tell the mom I can’t watch them every single second? — Stuck in the Middle

Dear Stuck: I have mixed feelings on this one. Dating teens certainly need supervision. But honestly, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Even with constant supervision in the home, the kids will go to the beach or the park or just spend more time in the car to find alone time. There is no way to completely oversee their time together.

Updated: Fri Aug 25, 2017


A Basement Hangout and a Dead Cellphone for 08/25/2017