Dear Straight Talk: I recently met the parent of one of my son’s friends. I was floored when she told me she allows kids to drink at her house as long as they stay the night. She said lots of parents do this and assured me the kids are being responsible and that if anyone needs to leave, there is a designated driver. I proceeded to poll parents on this topic. Most felt that since the majority of teenagers drink, parents were smart to let them drink at home. I’m mortified. Here I’ve been worried about peer pressure, when I should be worried about the parents! Your comments please. — Call me “Unaware”
Katie, 16, Auburn: While I believe it is safer for kids to party in a controlled environment, I honestly notice that many kids with “loose” parents have family problems, low grades and other negative issues.
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