Q: Hey Jimmy, my daughter’s new boyfriend won’t come over for dinner. She says he’s shy. I don’t buy it. Should I insist he show up?

A: You’re acting like a 13-yearold waiting to ask a girl out. Don’t you realise you’re the one in the power position? The boy needs to be courting you. But even so, the only person you have control over is your daughter, not someone else’s kid.

So let her know that you need to be in the loop about who she’s dating, and that she can make it easy on everyone by just bringing the twerp over for some easy questions and home cooking. That’s not asking much and she knows it.