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QMy teenage son’s 17year-old girl­friend is sleep­ing over, with her par­ents’ per­mis­sion. Should I tell her par­ents I’ve said they can share a bed? WS, Tusmore

ATrust me. They al­ready know. They’re just pre­tend­ing they don’t to avoid deal­ing with the is­sue. Peo­ple do this all the time. Booz­ers who drink a litre of Scotch a night tell them­selves they’re not al­co­holics. Fat guys watch The Big­gest Loser and think: “At least I’m fit­ter than Lard Lad on the telly so I can af­ford to have a sec­ond, stuffed-crust, meat-lovers pizza.” And gold-dig­ging wives hap­pily run with the fic­tion their rich, phi­lan­der­ing hus­band is work­ing late, even though he’s un­em­ployed and made all his money su­ing a peanut but­ter man­u­fac­turer for not warn­ing the prod­uct “may con­tain traces of nuts”. Ev­ery­body knows that if a 17-year-old girl is spend­ing the night at her boyfriend’s, they’re highly likely to be hav­ing sex. Un­less, of course, she’s made some sort of re­li­giously-based prom­ise to stay vir­ginal. In that case they’re prob­a­bly hav­ing un­pro­tected sex, and you’ll soon be a grand­par­ent. Send your ques­tions to saweek­[email protected]

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