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Q My 22-year-old niece has moved in with us for a few weeks. She won’t lift a fin­ger to help and now wants a girl pal to come for a week­end stay. I’m tempted to say ‘no’. Should I? RT, Fullar­ton A Wow, she’s got you over a bar­rel. It’s your house, you rule the roost. You’ve pre­sum­ably known her since she was in nap­pies, so you can talk plainly. I don’t think it’s sur­pris­ing she’s not putting her hand up to clean the skirt­ing boards. At 22, she’s prob­a­bly got other things on her mind. But if you let her wal­low in front of the TV watch­ing True Blood, qui­etly grit­ting your teeth, then she’s go­ing to think the pad comes with in-house ameni­ties pro­vided. If you want her to help, pre­tend she’s back in nap­pies and spell it out on flash cards. “Do you mind wash­ing the Wedg­wood?” etc. As for her “pal’’, that’s ask­ing too much. You’ll end up run­ning a board­ing house for way­ward 22-year-old girls. You should be straight-up with your niece, but not be un­cool. Tell her there are sim­ply enough free­loaders for one house and for­ward her links to al­ter­na­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion.

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