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Suzanne Pearson believes that by making that call behind your child's back, you're crossing a line.
After all, just by asking your permission and involving you in the relationship, your child is showing trust in you. "If you ring the partner's parents you're undermining your relationship with your son or daughter," she says.
According to Suzanne Pearson, psychologist and director of Sharing Parenting, there's no right age to begin allowing your child to have partners stay the night.
"However, most parents tend to consider it more over the age of 16," she says. Is it a happy, committed relationship, or just a fling? It would be easy to assume that when kids ask for a partner to stay over, it means they want you to say yes.
One mum found middle ground when her 16-year-old son wanted his girlfriend to stay for the weekend.