Dear Straight Talk: My boyfriend wants to let his sons throw a New Year's Eve overnight party, with alcohol, rationalizing that it will be safer than an unsupervised party where kids might drive, over-drink, or do other stupid things. His sons are 19 and 16 and knowing them, it will be a huge party. I'm aware that many parents throw these booze parties, but I question their judgment. What do you think of this? And how do you make kids safe on this holiday? - Nicki, Redding
Ashley, 21, Auburn: My parents agree with you, but I agree with your boyfriend. It's better to let kids drink at home, supervised, than somewhere else. My friend's dad used to let us party at his house, and nothing was ever broken or stolen, and nobody got hurt. To make sure nobody drives, have everyone drop their keys in a basket, then hide the basket.
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