Dear Straight Talk: My son dropped out of college last year, his sophomore year. He partied hearty and flunked out. After six challenging months at home, he has a restaurant job and lives with roommates where mostly just drinking, video gaming, and other un-cool stuff goes on. He’s not under 18 anymore, he’s 20. Do I have a right to tell him to get his act together? And will it help? — Frustrated Dad in Sonoma County
Moriah, 17, Rutland, Vt.: Think tough love. Since he’s drinking illegally, tell him you love him and will help him turn a corner, otherwise you’re reporting his household to the police. My brother had a similar issue. He dropped out of college and expected the world to care for him. He thought he was invincible and that my parents wouldn’t get him in trouble. He needed to be set straight. Sometimes parents have to play the bad guy.
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