My 11-year-old daughter told me last week that she is going on her first “date.” This is fine with me. It’s totally innocent. She and a friend are going with two boys in their class to the local pizza place for lunch, in walking distance of our homes.

But she also begged me not to tell her friend’s mother, one of my own closest friends. I find myself in an ethical bind: Do I keep my daughter’s secret? Or do I tell my friend about her daughter’s date?

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