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Ask Rosalind: How to Talk About Peer Pressure and Friendship Feuds

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Q. My 15-year-old daughter has older friends who drive, and she wants to go out with them on the weekends. What do you think?

A. I wish we lived in a world where we would tell our kids "Don't drive with your friends," and they'd always abide by our rules. But I wouldn't be much of an advice columnist if I believed that. So what to do? Make your guidelines clear: "You can get a ride from your friends after practice but not to or from a party. If someone is driving and talking on her cell phone or changing songs on her iPod, tell her to stop talking or volunteer to look for the song. And I know you know this, but the second you get in the car, your seat belt is on."

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