Dear Straight Talk: My 17-year-old daughter has a serious almost-18-year-old boyfriend. I feel a midnight curfew is reasonable and that she may not go to his home since I don’t know if an adult will be there. Brie, 20, Santa Barbara: Your daughter will do what she wants to do even with strict rules; I sure did. Knowing you trust her will help her make better decisions.Plus, her boyfriend has mentioned his older brother and friend drinking there. — Concerned parent in Redding Katelyn, 17, Huntington Beach: You’re doing the right thing. Elise, 20, Rexburg, Idaho: Your rules are completely acceptable. Start giving more responsibility, for instance, a slightly later curfew. Savannah, 18, Folsom: Whatever they might do in her room they are going to do elsewhere anyway.After being transferred to a specialist unit, Fletcher, who also went into septic shock, spent a week in intensive care trying to overcome the infection.His mother Sarah Faulkner, 33, an online marketing executive, said: 'Hysteria started to set in and we were beside ourselves.' Once fully recovered, Fletcher was allowed to go home on his mother's birthday, which she described as the 'best present ever'.If you think he might pick up the check or don't know how much food to order, ask him what he's getting and choose a dish around the same price. If he really insists on paying, thank him and say you'll buy him ice cream next! Don't rush out of the car when he drops you off — move closer to him and keep eye contact. Play it cool and let him reach out to you: Texting first can seem overeager.If you want to go out again, let him know by bringing up something you talked about earlier ("So when do I get to beat you at Guitar Hero? If he's interested in you, you'll probably hear from him by the end of the day.
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