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How have you handled the idea of dating in your home? Is there an appropriate age carved in stone at your house?
*Before middle school “dating” is basically telling everyone that you are “going out” and then consistently ignoring the other person to the point that no one would ever believe you two even know each other, let alone are boyfriend and girlfriend.
Not only are you teaching them how to treat future girlfriends and eventually a spouse, but they are learning how to expect to be treated.
My son’s girlfriend’s mother called me that night and said that her daughter told her that if they ever break up he will be a tough act for any other boy to follow because he is so kind to her.
You wouldn’t let your teenager drive without some instruction, view this as relationship instructions.
At this age they are still very much under your control, supervision and guidance.
I never mentioned the flowers, but brought up the point that we do special things for special people in our lives–family and friends.
Later that week we were grocery shopping again– I swear I live there at the grocery store– and when he saw the flowers he asked if he could buy a bouquet.
Our 15-1/2 year-old daughter wants to date an almost 18-year-old boy. While your daughter’s desire to date an older boy may not match your view of whom she should date, short of keeping her home and removing her access to technology, you’re unlikely to block her from being in contact with him.I am very pleased to announce that Chris Jordan will now be fielding questions about raising tweens and teens.This really has come about because Chris’ inbox has been filling up with readers sending her personalized emails asking her advice and since we’re all in this together, why not share with you all, right?I asked him if he thought he would like to buy them for her.(They are a bunch, hardly a huge expenditure.) He looked at me like I had just suggested he dance naked in the checkout aisle. I don’t presume to understand the inner-workings of a middle school aged boy’s mind, so I dropped the subject.