This friend had not thought about giving dating advice to his daughter until it was almost too late. As the guy showed up at the house for the first date, this dad went to get his daughter, only to find her in her bedroom closet in tears, with anxieties about the date, the guy and how to manage her conflicting emotions. It was one of those father and daughter moments that this dad would never forget. It the world in which our teens are growing up, dating is fraught with challenges but filled with opportunities for fun and getting to know friends better. So, having raised teenage daughters through the dating years, and after having talked with lots of dads who have teen daughters, I have put together some important dating advice that dads can share with their daughters.
When You Don’t Approve of Your Adult Child’s Relationship
The dilemma I have a year-old daughter. I still see my daughter regularly and she is close to my wife and the two other children we have. Last week I was informed that her new boyfriend is a little older than her.
Your teenage daughter is head over heels for her latest boyfriend, but he's definitely not "the kind of guy you want to bring home to mom. Telling her that outright is likely to send her running even faster in his direction, so find a careful balance between making your opinions known and acknowledging her feelings for her new beau. It is essential that you keep the lines of communication with your daughter open and non-judgmental, recommends Michael J. Bradley, psychologist and author of "Yes, Your Teen is Crazy. Bradley notes that a teen's choice of a boyfriend is part of her effort to separate herself from you -- and, for a rebellious teen, a way to test you and "push your buttons.