The comments mostly came from a Linked In group that went ballistic, but there were some on this blog too and I deleted the rudest ones. They are intelligent, talented and beautiful girls, as I’m sure yours are as well.
Interestingly, the negative mail I got about this topic was primarily from the very group of women who prided themselves, at least in college, in being open minded. Our girls’ dad and I believe in fiercely protecting the treasures our daughters are while they are minors, and helping them make good choices, protect themselves and choose wisely as they mature and become adults. But for now, here we go- Mom’s Dating Rules for Girls 1. Yes, I am quite serious, and it’s working out great!
Let’s face it- there are only two options to romantic boy/girl relationships- one- they will end up in marriage. The former is far less likely to happen than the latter, especially the younger the people are who are involved.
For that reason, later dating is just a better statistical odd for healthy emotional development.
This is not to say that boy/girl relationships are totally off limits before age 18. Girls can meet en masse with young men at Steak and Shake, Burger King or the local pizza place, at the homes of (carefully chosen) friends for get-togethers , with parents present…whom the girls’ parents know…and who share similar values.