Denise's thoughts: She is still living in your home and expected to abide by the house rules, which I assume, state no overnights without explanations. Sit down and talk to her about it. Tell her you may be willing to compromise on some things, but she doesn't get to do just because she think she should. Some things you can point out to her:
While she wants to be grown up and is taking on some of that responsibility, she isn't taking on all of it. She is still expecting you to feed her, provide the place and furniture/appliances for her to sleep, do laundry, watch TV, etc. Tell her that her time to leave the nest is coming, it won't be long. You know she is excited to be out and about. When she is out on her own and is taking on all of the responsibilities of her life, she can make her own choices. You hope she will make the right ones that will keep her safe and happy. Her new friends are older and on their own. They will just have to understand that she will only be there in a year.
On the flip side of this, you may want to look into a dorm for her for the January session since she will be 18.
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