Your Dilem­mas

Rosie, 43, Mans­field

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I’m not proud of my­self, but I read my teenager’s pri­vate diary and I was so shocked. I found out that she’s been drink­ing al­co­hol and she’s even had sex. I al­ways thought we had the type of re­la­tion­ship where she’d tell me these things and I’m dev­as­tated. I re­ally want to talk to her about stay­ing safe. Shall I tell her that I be­trayed her trust by read­ing her diary?

YES Pick Me Up! reader Alex from Nor­wich says:

While you may have be­trayed her trust, at the end of the day, you are her mum and you need to pro­tect her. What’s done is done, but you can still talk to her about how se­ri­ous get­ting into sex­ual re­la­tion­ships is. Un­der­age drink­ing is also a se­ri­ous is­sue. She will be up­set that you read her diary, but that’s the least of your wor­ries right now.

NO Pick Me Up! reader Elise from Poole says:

If your daugh­ter finds out that you read her diary, she will never trust you again and you will find it dif­fi­cult to talk to her about any­thing in the fu­ture. Most teenagers keep se­crets from their par­ents, so don’t take it per­son­ally. In­stead, ap­proach the sub­jects of drink­ing and sex in gen­eral, be­ing care­ful not to re­veal any de­tails that you read in her per­sonal diary.

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