That’s a frequent question my daughter gets when her friends discover how much time she’s spending with adults. Why does she do it? First, she seems to enjoy the attention these ladies give her. Secondly, a few of these gals are mentors—providing wisdom she can’t get from any teenager. And, thirdly, I think she values them as sounding boards. Fortunately, all of her adult friends are close friends of ours—so they keep us in the loop if needed. The downside is sometimes she tends to value their opinions over ours. If your son or daughter is spending a ton of time with an adult, make sure you know them well. Communicate with them regularly. And, make sure these adults are helping and not hurting.