Dads dealing with dating teenage daughters
While the dangers should be obvious, teens can be oblivious.
Mothers – bookmark this list of rules and encourage your daughter’s daddy to read them, memorize them, and put them in to action. He spends his days practicing the arts of fatherhood and husbandry, while attempting to be a man of God and a professional raiser of philanthropic funds. She needs her dad to be involved in her life at every stage. On the rare occasion he’s not tied up with the aforementioned and other pursuits of awesomeness, he enjoys fighting street gangs for local charities and drinking from a cup that’s half full. Treat her mother with respect, honor, and a big heaping spoonful of public displays of affection. Today she’s crawling around the house in diapers, tomorrow you’re handing her the keys to the car, and before you know it, you’re walking her down the aisle. **9/15/11**This post has resonated so well with daughters and fathers, mothers and grandfathers, and has received many beautiful and heartfelt comments. Then waiting for him to come to the house to pick you up? "Even the concept of dating is outdated," says Beth-Marie Jelsma, a psychotherapist in Rochester, New York.Wanda Yee, a mother of three daughters from Ridgeway, New Jersey, requires that they keep their accounts set to private, an option offered by the site so that parents can determine who has access to their kid's page.
And a reminder: Keep your computer in an open area, like an office or the kitchen, where it can be monitored by anyone coming in and out. Then the mother heard that the girl wanted to have sex with her son. "I told him I'd like to see him wait until he was at least 18," she says. And girls need to be taught how to be respectful of a boy's feelings.
And, to all you Dads out there – be sure you pay close attention and heed these wise words. Hang out together for no other reason than just to be in each other’s presence.
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"I have an 11-year-old middle schooler who came home saying that a boy wanted her to have oral sex with him in the parking lot," says Tonja Krautter, a psychologist in Los Gatos, California, who works with adolescents.
"A lot of kids have this idea that it's no big deal." Kids who think this may be missing crucial messages about sexually transmitted diseases and self-esteem.
Talk to your kids about the seriousness of any sexual contact.