Steel Advice: Gifts to mother should be without conditions

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DEAR STEEL ADVICE: I gave my mother opening day Pirate tickets. When I called her after the game, I learned that she had left before the game-winning home run in the 10th inning. Should I give her baseball tickets again?


DEAR TICKETHOLDER: It is disappointing when you give hot event tickets to someone who leaves before the end of an exciting game. Give your mother a second chance and try not to be too tough on her. Ten innings can make for a long afternoon. Your mom may decide for future games to buy her own tickets if your tickets have too many strings.

DEAR STEEL ADVICE: My daughter wants to have a high school graduation party and would like to have alcohol at the party. We don't believe she should have alcohol at the party, but we're getting a lot of pressure from other adults who are having high school graduation parties and who are serving alcohol. What should we do?


DEAR PARENTS: You face huge potential liability if you have alcohol available at a high school graduation party. Parents are vulnerable if an underage guest drinks at their house, leaves and then gets in trouble. Teens often go to multiple parties so the best offense is to host a dry party.

No matter how cool the other parents think they are, they are naive if they believe they are exempt from being headlined in a crime report. Alcohol at a graduation party is not a rite of passage.

Need some Steel Advice? Email questions to: or write to Mary Ann Wellener, Steel Advice Column, c/o Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 34 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh, 15222. Follow Mary Ann on Twitter at @PGSteelAdvice.

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