Updated: March 6, 2013 6:06AM
Dr. Wallace: Last night I went to a party with a guy. It was our first date. During the evening he got really drunk. He wanted to drive me home, but I wouldn’t ride with him because he was too drunk to drive. I wound up spending the night at my friend’s house (the girl who had the party) because we live about 20 minutes away and the party ended at 12:30 a.m.
I called my parents, but they didn’t answer the telephone because they were asleep. I called at 7 a.m. the following day, and they were in a tizzy because they were up, and they didn’t know where I was. They had already called the police and reported me as missing. Now I’m grounded for a month because they said I should have continued to call because eventually they would have heard the phone ring. I think my parents are wrong for grounding me. Please let me hear what you have to say. It could influence their poor decision.
Nameless, St. Charles, Ill.
Nameless: You were 100 percent correct in what you did. Your parents were highly concerned when they didn’t find you at home, and they probably overreacted by punishing you instead of praising you. I’m positive that they will change their minds for the better.
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