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What age did you let your teens stay over with boyfriends/girlfriends

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ShrekandDonkey · 04/04/2021 17:41

DD was 16 October just gone. Has had a boyfriend for about 8 months now, seems a nice sensible lad. She asked me last night if she could stay at his, I said no and she came home when I asked no problems but I'm now wondering if I should have let her?

She hasn't told me if they have had sex but knowing what i was like at that age its most likely. She has been sensible about contraception and we went to the G.P together where she then decided on the depo injection so has had that twice.

She's quite an easy teenager tbh so I know I'm quite lucky and I wonder if I should give her the independence?

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cameocat · 04/04/2021 17:50

Yes I would in that situation. DD didn't ask till a bit older though.


ConsuelaHammock · 04/04/2021 17:52

I won’t be allowing my children to stay overnight with boyfriend / girlfriend. 16 is too young to be having sex imo.


prettypinkflamingo · 04/04/2021 17:54


I won’t be allowing my children to stay overnight with boyfriend / girlfriend. 16 is too young to be having sex imo.

But what if they're already having sex?? Just because they're not in your house doesn't mean they're not!

bennibooboo · 04/04/2021 17:56

At 16 no way!!


Toilenstripes · 04/04/2021 17:56

I wouldn’t want her staying at his but he could stay at hers. Keeping her safe is the priority, although I think 16 is a bit young for sex from an emotional standpoint.


PomBearWithoutHerOFRS · 04/04/2021 17:56

The only one of mine who has ever asked was 16 iirc. He'd been with his first serious gf for about six months. I did insist on speaking to her Mam first, to make sure she knew where her DD was staying. They also shared a double bed (albeit in a room with a single and bunks full of younger siblings) on our holiday that year too.


SnooperTrooper12345 · 04/04/2021 17:56

My parents let me stay at my boyfriends at the time when I was 16.
I feel it all comes down to how well you know your Daughter.
She sounds very sensible so I'd say yes, I would let her.


ShrekandDonkey · 04/04/2021 17:58

I kind of figured if they are going to be doing it they will find a way anyway and her sleeping over wouldn't make much difference? My gut instinct last night was NO WAY but always good to listen to other parents advice.

He is the same age as her. First relationship for both of them, they are quite sweet together.

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Strangekindofwoman · 04/04/2021 17:59

I would at 16.


OtherwiseKnownAsSheilaTh3Great · 04/04/2021 18:00

It would be a no from me. Just because they may be having sex doesn't mean you have to facilitate that. I would be talking to her about being safe and protected but I'm sure you've already done all that.

My eldest is 22 now but I allowed a boyfriend to stay over from the age of 18 - and only then when it was someone she'd known for a good 6 months or so - and it wasn't a regular thing as in I wouldn't have a regular weekend staying over. At 18 of course I didn't stop her staying with her boyfriend of the time. It worked fine for us


Wynston · 04/04/2021 18:03

I think that you're initial thought was no and thats fine its a big jump letting go.
She has been sensible and got contraception.
I personally think 16 was fine.
Thats how old I was and thats when I was ok about my step son staying over at his girlfriend's.
If its not now it will only be a few months


Chocolateismakingmefat · 04/04/2021 18:05

My dc know to not even ask under 16. Over that can't see the purpose of giving yourself more grief than having a teen already gives out.
They don't need to be in a bed or it be dark to have sex!! Pointless trying to argue. The law says yeah.


FireflyRainbow · 04/04/2021 18:07

I absolutely would not let mine. But I did at that age 🙈 I'm a lot stricter than my mum.


SmallPrawnEnergy · 04/04/2021 18:09

She’s a sensible girl. 8 months at that age is nothing to sniff at. She’s on hormonal contraceptives. She asked nicely and respected your decision when you said no. Honestly, it’s time to start loosing the apron strings. Have a chat to her about condoms / stds and boundaries maybe if it will help settle your nerves with it. Maybe have a chat with his parents if you’re worried about her staying over.

It’s quite funny to see how naive some parents are when it comes to sex and teenagers though. Just because they’ve not slept together in the same bed overnight doesn’t mean they’ve not had a chance to have sex GrinGrin anywhere and everywhere becomes possibly shagging territory at that age.


Treacletoots · 04/04/2021 18:11

First priority here is that she's safe. As uncomfortable as it is as a parent I would much rather my DD slept over with her BF in my house than god knows where.

If anyone thinks they're NOT already having sex, or they'd prefer not to know whether or not their child is safe then by all means, say no. I'd prefer the alternative.

But then I was brought up by a mother who believed sex was the closest thing you could do to a criminal act, so I may have a slightly skewed viewpoint.


Tal45 · 04/04/2021 18:12

I think I'd try to put if off till she was 17, I wouldn't want to make it too easy for them too young.


dopeyduck · 04/04/2021 18:14

I would, why not?

Honestly if they want to have sex they will, we all know night time isn't the only time to have sex, don't we?

Honestly she's a sensible kid that appears to respect your boundaries, if that's the case I think you should respect her independence and let her. Sounds like you can talk through any concerns with her?

In 18 months she'll be an adult going on nights out, possibly moving away to uni etc? I think it's important young people find out how to navigate relationships whilst they've got you to fall back on.

I think you should trust her.


cookiecreampie · 04/04/2021 18:16

If she's sensible and the boyfriend is nice to her and treats her well, yes I would allow it. I was allowed from 17 when I had been with my boyfriend for months.


IceCreamAndCandyfloss · 04/04/2021 18:16

Not at that age even though it’s at the age of consent. Once 18, id allow it.

Are you somewhere with no restrictions though as SD, no indoor mixing etc is still on here.


Thecazelets · 04/04/2021 18:17

We have stuck to 18 with ours. I take the view that just because it's legal to have sex at 16 it's not desirable, for various reasons including emotional and developmental maturity, and the risk of STDs and pregnancy. Yes, I know they'll probably do it anyway, but I won't condone or be complicit in young people who are not yet legally adults forming adult sexual relationships which they are not yet able to manage. I'm not generally socially conservative but I do feel quite strongly about this within my own family. I know others will disagree with me, but that's up to them.


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cookiecreampie · 04/04/2021 18:20

And meant to add that he was very sensible and we didn't have sex for about a year, despite me having already had sex with another boy who I had never stayed overnight with.


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kimlo · 04/04/2021 18:27

dd1 was 16.


malificent7 · 04/04/2021 18:30

Thing is if they are going to do it they will find a was the back of cars etc fof me! If you don't it ' under your roof' i get it but legally she can have sex and even get married. It's tricky and I'm NOT looking foward to this at all.

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