My daughter is only 14 but she's already having sex with her boyfriend

DEAR DEIDRE: IT worries me that my 14-year-old daughter is having sex with her boyfriend of 15.

She’s strong-willed but it has got worse since her dad and I split last year. I have a new partner who is horrified.


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My daughter started dating over the summer and they spend evenings and weekends chatting in her bedroom.

When I tell her she is too young for sex she just laughs and calls me old-fashioned.

How can I get her to behave?

DEIDRE SAYS: Your split with her father and you now having a new partner will have affected her. Does she have a caring dad?

She and her boyfriend are too young to make good decisions about sex, that is why having sex with an under-16 is illegal even with their consent. But discuss this with her from a welfare point of view, not her behaviour.

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