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Why does my daughter try to stay awake at night?

Q: My 12-year-old daughter forces herself to stay awake at night, and insists that our bedroom door be left open. She feels agitated when we do not do so. What should I do?

A:I had to decode your letter, since you have been too brief. From what I infer, your daughter is probably curious about sex and wishes to know what goes on in your bedroom. It is time you gave her an honest account of sex and sexuality and convince her that she has a lot of growing up to do. Do not give in to all her demands, but treat her curiosity as a normal part of growing up. If you do not have the confidence to handle it directly, ask the advice of her teachers, who can give the same information in a Science class.

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