Q: I invited my son’s girlfriend for Christmas. They’re seniors in college and practically live together- but I want them in separate rooms. What’s the best way to communicate this?
A: Talk about the sleeping arrangements before their visit. Simply say, “We’re planning to have Sheila stay in the guest room.” It’s unlikely your son’s girlfriend will want to make you feel uncomfortable in any way. If he thinks you’re being unfair or old-fashioned, so be it- your house, your rules.