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by Abigail Van Buren

Teen Keeps Mum About Being Groped by Cousin's Boyfriend

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I have been together 10 months. I'm 18, and feel I have met the man of my dreams. We were friends for a long time before we became a couple.

My question is: Do you think a couple can spend too much time together? Every minute, every hour and every day that we can spend together we do -- and I love it. But I don't want this to ruin our relationship. Am I doing the right thing? -- CONFUSED IN MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO

DEAR CONFUSED: You're a smart cookie and that's a very intelligent question. Although it's tempting, do not allow the romance to take up every available moment. Continue to devote time to your friends and to outside interests. It will make you a much more interesting person to be around, and you won't lose your independence.