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The Rules of Parenting, 2nd Edition by Richard Templar

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RULE 81

Don’t look under the mattress

Teenagers get up to things you don’t want to know about. Of course, you do know about them really, which is why you’re worried. If you were entirely ignorant you’d be much happier.

Look, take it from me, your daughter has gone further than you’d like with her boyfriend. Your son uses porn mags. They’ve both tried at least a drag of a cigarette by now. And they’ve almost certainly been offered drugs but they won’t have any evidence of it hanging around in their room so there’s no point looking. Happy? Good. Now you don’t need to look under the mattress or read their secret diary.

You’re not going to find anything that thousands of parents before you haven’t found. In fact, you’re probably not going to find ...

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