Separate Bedrooms at Mom’s: A Black Thing?

Ask Demetria: Your white girlfriend may not like the rule, but it has nothing to do with her race.

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If she’s really offended by your mother’s rule, then there’s always the option of doing what my friend’s uncle didn’t: Don’t go, or get a hotel room. By staying put or heading to a hotel, you can sleep however you want and do whatever you want in that bed, without breaking Mama’s rules.

Demetria L. Lucas is a contributing editor to The Root, a life coach and the author of A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life. She answers your dating and relationship questions on The Root each week. Feel free to ask anything at