(From Ann Landers advice column)
Dear Ann Landers: I am a neighbor who is aware of the following situation: A 12-year-old seventh-grade girl has started to enjoy the attention of a boy in her class. At first, they had hour-long talks on the phone. After a few weeks, her parents began to treat him as if he were one of her girlfriends. He is invited to spend Friday or Saturday night with them. The bedroom he stays in is next to hers. Her parents' bedroom is on the other side of the house.
Her parents did not know this boy or his family until this relationship started a few weeks ago. Any advice? — Concerned Friend, No City, No State
(From Ann Landers)
The advice is for you: MYOB.
Look, I don't know why Ann Landers thinks she is so high and mighty. Those kids should be helped! Being forced to sleep in separate rooms?! How outrageous! These are healthy young people who should have their privacy and know what to do with it (thanks to our wonderful public schools). You should be calling the police or the Children and Family Services for such an appalling breach of these minors' privacy. This is the time that young people are discovering their bodies and they need a good friend to do it with.
In fact, if you know of a few other girls of that age in the neighborhood, you should set it up to where they can spend the night there as well.
Enjoy your weekends,