Dear Ms. Death

Dear Ms. Death,

I have a thirteen-year-old daughter who is very social.  She likes to hang out with her friends, talk online and text.  Her friends seem to be allowed to stay out until midnight, even on school nights.  Should I let my daughter do the same?

Sincerely, CONFUSED PARENT

 

Dear CONFUSED,

The first question you have to ask yourself is what are these thirteen-year-olds doing until midnight.  Is there some sort of church event that lasts this late on a school night?  Is there a football game going on that has run into overtime?  Is the library staying open late so kids can study?  No?  Then my guess is that the only things that can be going on until midnight on a school night are things you probably don’t want your daughter involved in.  You are her parent, not her friend.  9:pm on a school night is a perfectly acceptable curfew for a thirteen-year-old.

Sincerely, Angela Death

 

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Copyright remains that of the original owner.

Dear Ms. Death,

I’m worried about my teenage son.  He has been acting distant lately and he is sleeping all the time.  When I see him, he looks like death warmed over.  His grades are dropping and he doesn’t talk anymore.  When I ask him what’s going on, he just tells me to mind my own business.  What should I do?

Sincerely, LOSING MY GRIP

 

Dear LOSING,

This could be a few things.  The first thing I would look into is whether or not your son is doing drugs.  Now, don’t be like “Not my son!  He’s a good boy!”  Obviously this isn’t the case or you wouldn’t be asking for advice.  Go through his room, check his drawers, look under his bed.  If he complains, remind him that it is your house and you have the right to inspect every inch of space.  If he has drugs, remember that it IS your house and the police won’t care if the drugs belong to your son.  You will be the one arrested for them.  If it isn’t drugs, then start looking into other reasons your son might be acting this way.  Is he being bullied at school?  Is he depressed?  Perhaps speaking to a professional will help.

Sincerely, Angela Death

 

Inspired by:  Weekly Writing Challenge:  Dear Abby

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