Re: Advice for mom with teenage daughter
Hope, the birth control is because teenagers don't listen. I know I didn't at that age. You can have it available and have that talk about it, and still say "no going into your bedroom alone". Boys were not allowed in our room alone with us. And we still managed to have sex. I do agree that they need to have a talk about how much time the boyfriend is spending at their house, and why. AND that he should not be eating all their food.
dubsey, while that *could* be what's going on, it could be equally likely that he may say it is, but it really isn't. My own nephew is one who claims things are so horrible and he spends so much time with his gf and her mom. He has an entitled mentality and his parents told him "no more". He moved out of his mom's house (my sister) and into his dad's for awhile. His dad believed him when he said that his mom was the problem. His dad soon learned, firsthand, that was not true, and told him he needs to move. My sister is willing to let him move back... IF he follows rules, which would be written out AND signed by all parties involved. There is a LOT going on there, though. Not relevant to this thread, except to say that even if the bf SAYS things are toxic, it isn't always true... or it is toxic because of HIS actions. So consider that, too.
Anyway, OP, talk to your daughter and her boyfriend. Honestly, if he is 18, he should be working. And if he is working, he can help with food if he is going to be there that much. As for your daughter and working... ugh. Good luck. I FINALLY got my first real job at 17... the DAY I turned 17 was my first day on the job lol. And, yes, I started looking, trying to work, when I was 16. Like you, I lived in a small town, and it was tough getting a job.
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