Realizing now where this conversation was headed, she rolled her eyes. When our girls do spend time with a boy, it’s in a group, not one on one.
“Your mom and I just want to make sure you know what you stand for as you get old enough to date. We’re trying to train them to protect their emotions and not to send romantic signals to boys.
She looked nonchalantly out her window as their car crossed a small bridge. “I would like to ask you a very personal question and give you the freedom not to answer if you don’t want to.” He paused, waiting for her reply. Our junior high and high school age teens don’t date anyone exclusively.
Bill smiled and probed: “You know, your mom and I have been talking about you and all those boys who call on the phone.” Julie squirmed uncomfortably in her seat. Instead, we are encouraging our girls who are still home to focus on the friendship side of their relationships with boys.
This is the big one, ladies: The act of obsessively checking your phone every two minutes could be a bona fide deal breaker. A foolproof way to ensure that conversation will always be flowing is to simply ask questions. A tactful way to do this is to simply reach for the check when it comes.
In the fading twilight, the headlights of an approaching car reminded Bill to reach for the dashboard and turn on his lights.
And those first dates were all with friends, not with someone with whom they were romantically involved.