Application for dating my child
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?And I have zero desire to still be raising them when they’re in their twenties and thirties. Or whatever age these “protective” parents think is the right age to release their beloved offspring into the wild.It is not my job to choose my son’s girlfriend, wife, job, hobbies, financial plan, or living arrangements.
But it is honestly, the most important thing you will ever do.
When kids first start “dating” where is a safe place to go – the mall? A safe place to date is anywhere that is public but also assures time to talk and be listened to.
Teens are more successful with relationships when they are doing something together.
Since you have a houseful of kids, I am wondering how you deal with this. “Mean Mom” Back when all of my children were small I always said that they could date once they were ready to get married. Based on my own life experiences I couldn’t see how it possibly could be a good thing. As they have grown I have realized that there is no protecting children from being hurt. Once they can drive they will be off going places and you probably won’t know where half the time.
And that there are valuable lessons to be learned in all of our relationships, romantic and otherwise. You may be surprised by what your 13, 14, or 15 yr old considers . 4) They are still willing to listen to what you have to say.
It’s everything in my heart, magically put perfectly into words. If that just isn’t possible then ask over the phone. None of this “let’s hang out at my place & watch a movie” nonsense. It doesn’t have to be fancy or elaborate or immensely creative.