“ My knee jerk response: No! ”

Ha! Normal, yes. Should you allow it? Hmmm.

As the mom of a now 18 year old boy, this too was a question at our dinner table. My knee jerk response, “NO! ABSOLUTELY NOT! NO, NO,NO! Nothing good happens after midnight. Get your skinny butt home! NO! And why, for the sake of all things good, do you need to bring this up at the dinner table? NO!”

Any maybe I should have stuck with that choice.

BUT

I instead said, (as if I was capable of controlling EVERYTHING) “How about we go on a camping trip and you can bring your girlfriend with us?”

AND HE DID.

And I crept around like a hawk, weirding them out, making his 7 year old little brother sleep in-between them (ACK for him).

AND the next morning they (my son and his girlfriend) went for a LONG hike in the woods, coming back all hair tossed and dewy.

SO MUCH FOR THAT.

So, I guess what I’m saying is: If you’re worried about them having sex, keep worrying. If you’re trying to stop them from having sex…

GOOD LUCK. What happens in the woods, happens everywhere. xoxo Mack

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Author: McKenzie Satterthwaite

Mom of 2 boys McKenzie (Mack) founded Real Mom Daily because of her own need to connect with like minded women and companies. Environmental sustainability and social justice run through the veins of everything in Mack's life. She just spent a year in Bali, Indonesia where her kids attended the Green School. They lived in a simple house in the middle of the rice paddies in Ubud. Now back in Los Angeles, simplicity is quickly forgotten. Prior to REAL MOM DAILY, Mack co-founded and created Camp Chat and the XMA (Extreme Martial Arts) Life skills and Leadership Program which is licensed by over 2,000 martial arts schools around the world. Mack also did a stint as a lead character on the soap opera As The World Turns. Jett Lee taught her how to fire a gun (though she'd NEVER keep one in her home), she's had a few too many vodkas with Jackie Chan, she's written 2 screen plays, made a short film, fully renovated 6 houses, started 4 companies, and as a kid detasseled corn in Illinois (yes, she can drive a tractor) and like many entrepreneurs, she once had a paper route. With Real Mom Daily Mack interfaces with influencers, companies and politicians on city, state and national levels to advocate for issues that stand for social good. Mack's Quaker upbringing gives her an appreciation for all things simple. She cooks dinner and has a nightly moment of silence before her family eats at a table often graced by friends and family. When she looks at her glass she sees it half full but... she's a skipping contradiction. View all posts by McKenzie Satterthwaite

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