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We’re told that our teens are old enough to begin making their own decisions, that parents who do get involved are old fashioned, intrusive, and “patriarchal.” To us, it seems, very few parents of teens are involved enough in their children’s dating relationships. Perhaps the best way to help corral your ideas on what to do about your child’s interaction with the opposite sex is to write out your family’s dating policy. Will you allow them to date another person exclusively? Too many parents today allow their children to develop exclusive guy-girl relationships at 13 or 14 because that’s what everyone else does. They can’t go out in a car alone.” But the pattern of romance and emotional involvement gets established.
That’s why you need to be involved—because others parents aren’t! This will require some extended conversation between Mom and Dad. What about dating—are you going to let your kids date or not? As Ashley and then Benjamin and Samuel began adolescence, we looked more closely at this issue and over the years developed some family guidelines for the following: When a child can date, whom they should date, acceptable kinds of dates, telephone use, Internet communications, and so on. We (especially dads) need to interview our daughters’ dates.
And if you have boys, check out i MOM’s 8 Great Dates for Moms and Sons.
Dannah Gresh encourages you to thoroughly pamper your daughter during this date.
Try to bring up the topic of how images your daughter sees in magazines or online are usually retouched photos.
Now take the focus off the external to the beauty inside your daughter and the world around her.
Respond to her with encouragement, affirmation, and love. Visit a spa or beauty salon for some girl pampering.
After your spa visit, head to a quiet place for lunch where you can further your relaxation with a slow-paced meal.
Yes, compliment her pretty eyes, but also talk about her strong legs and her overall strength and good health.Try to get a sense of how your daughter feels about herself overall.Talk about how you felt at her age and share what insecurities you might have had about yourself.In forming our own convictions as parents about dating, it’s not good enough for us to just back off a step or two from what the world says is acceptable.
We believe there are four convictions regarding dating that all parents should consider and uphold: 1.
As girls, we sometimes get stuck on thinking it comes from a great haircut or new fingernail polish.