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Miss Manners by Judith Martin, Nicholas Ivor Martin and Jacobina Martin

Teen Son's Girlfriend Extends Her Welcome Overnight

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My 19-year-old son just started dating a 22-year-old woman who lives with her parents. His first visit was over 24 hours. Now he has been gone over 12 hours.

I've tried to instill good manners into my son, but he ignores me and says her parents don't care. How do you instill better habits, and how long is OK to stay before you've outstayed your welcome?

GENTLE READER: Miss Manners is sorry to have to tell you that apparently your son did not outstay his welcome, whatever form that welcome took.

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