Parents and teenagers opinions on dating
You have no idea how your parents’ relationship developed in its early years.You know the basics, but I can guarantee you that your parents have not told you everything, as the details are, quite frankly, none of your business. Third, your father has the awesome responsibility of looking out for you.
But I know he’s going to keep bringing the age thing up.So how do I tell him without him getting mad over just a 3 year age difference? A five-year age difference is substantial, and on the surface his demand may seem unfair.Answer There is no way to break the news without making him angry. Because as angry as he gets when you fill him in, it won’t compare to his fury if you don’t tell him, because he will eventually find out. But in this case I side with the man for three reasons.First, a three-year age difference isn’t much if you are 30 and he is 33. I could argue that socially and developmentally, those three years are comparable to the five-year difference between ages 16 and 21.Most parents would not approve of a 14-year-old dating a 17-year-old, and with good reason.Second, what you call hypocrisy he might call wisdom.
If he started smoking at 12, does that mean he is hypocritical if he won’t let you smoke at 12?
Parents hope their children will avoid the mistakes the parents made years ago, not repeat them.
Question I got my first boyfriend about three months ago.
My mom wasn’t supportive at first, but she actually did like him after she got to know him.
I haven’t told my father because he’ll be upset about the little age difference. Dad says I should have friends my own age, and he’s being a hypocrite – my mother was 16 and he was 21 when they started dating.
My dad doesn’t know I have a boyfriend yet, but I think it’s time I come clean about it.