Dear Dorothy

Dear Dorothy....I have a 16 year old son and he has asked if his 15 year old girlfriend can spend the night. I don’t know what to say to him! Help!

Confused Mum

Dear Confused Mum,

Tricky situation! My first point is that your son’s girlfriend is actually under the age of consent, so if you allowed her to sleep in his room, you’d be facilitating him possibly engaging in an activity which could lead to him being charged and carrying a criminal conviction as a sex offender. (You can check out more information on the age of consent here.)

Once your son’s girlfriend is over 16, however, it’s up to you to decide what you are comfortable with in your home. If you decide that you are ok with them sleeping together under your roof, then it may be worth having a chat with the girlfriend’s parents and finding out their thoughts on the situation.

Good luck!

dorothy nada

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Leigh-ann, the face behind dorothy nada, is a qualified counsellor with a background in individual teen, group, and family work specializing in addiction work. The advice and information given here is accurate to the best of my knowledge, but should not be taken in lieu of professional advice. I accept no responsibility for the actions of readers based on the advice given.

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