Dear Queenie,

  When our teenage daughter invites some of her friends over to our house the friends’ parents often ask if the friends’ younger sisters can come too. I don’t mind, but my daughter would rather enjoy the time with her friends without the younger kids around.

  Queenie, what should I tell the parents without being rude?—Teenager’s mother


Dear Mother,

  Just tell them, “Sorry, it’s not convenient today.” And if this is just an occasional refusal, add, “Maybe another day.”