” The stakes at this younger age don’t seem as high. It was much easier to help him realize that this girl was not really acting like a friend, which is the keypart of the word girl- A girlfriend or boyfriend should first and foremost be a friend. We may think our kids are perfect, but they are just learning to navigate this world and we need to remind them to be a kind and trustworthy friend and to expect the same. This is the one that I feel is the most important for our children to learn.
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.
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.
How have you handled the idea of dating in your home? Is there an appropriate age carved in stone at your house?