Your daughter may still not be satisfied with that approach, and that's OK.
Most 14-year-olds think their parents are out of touch or too strict. But in hindsight, she'll be grateful for your protection during these early teen years.
Keep your daughter busy discovering activities that match her interests, like sports, volunteering or babysitting.
Jim: I had a friend, retired from the military, who would make sure that his shotgun was prominently displayed nearby whenever a suitor came calling on his daughter. But you could use more subtle means to convey the same message: that while your daughter still lives under your roof, she is primarily your responsibility and you expect her to be treated with the utmost care and respect.
We think we have to say the right thing or be what we think the other person wants us to be. It’s a first date, an opportunity to get to know someone better and see if you could potentially be a match for more than a friendship. If he or she doesn’t contact you after one date—even after a seemingly good time—it’s not because you’re not “enough” (pretty enough, thin enough, smart enough, whatever enough). All information presented on blog(s) is for entertainment purposes only.
We think we have to be perfect, when we simply need to be our authentic self—the amazing, unique person God created us to be. It’s because they don’t see you as a good match for what they are looking for. If it doesn’t work out, know that God is protecting you, not withholding from you. Neither the author nor Family Talk is providing medical, legal or other professional advice.
What happens when a couple has been dating for months or years, and one of them wants to get engaged and the other keeps putting on the brakes? And both people end up frustrated and alone, when what they really want is peace and connection. In fact, the (Thomas Nelson) relates his personal journey out of loneliness and into true love. In fact, as Donald Miller learned, the risk can sometimes be exceptionally rewarding. Opinions presented in blog content on Dr James are solely those of the author.
In it, he tells how he learned to move beyond his pretense and showiness when he made a key decision: to be himself—no matter what. Proverbs reminds us: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” We need to have healthy boundaries in emotional and physical aspects while we are dating. Blog content may only be reprinted or republished with the express written permission of the author and Family Talk.