Believe me, good manners will help you get on her good side, and mine too. That means she won’t be going with you to the mall, the movies or out to dinner on a school night. Also, secret meetings and clandestine adventures will be discovered—I have my ways!
I kind of like it, too, although I should get my quibbles out of the way first.
There will be no trysts during the school week or after 5 p.m. By the way, National Potato Day and similar culture specific celebrations do not count as special occasions. Therefore, if my son is enjoying spending the day with his brothers, we may not invite you. Oh, and when this happens, please refer to rule #2. Please refrain from using foul language, and dressing like you have a future in the sex industry. In the first pages of Scripture, we find that great love story of Isaac and Rebekah.Too many teenagers are being permanently scarred by the dating game.One more thing, she does not take her phone to bed with her. But if you want to spend time with my girl, I will insist that you treat her like a lady.[Have your child sign i MOM’s Cell Phone Contract.] 3. So, get the door for her, look me in the eye when you talk to me, and please don’t let your britches fall down so low that I have to look at your underwear band. Sure my daughter is fun, but she’s also a student, and in our house, school comes before fun. No, I won’t hide in the backseat or stalk you when you’re with my daughter, but she and I have an agreement that she checks in often with home, and lets me know where she is and where she’s going. As a trend, dads seem to be less and less involved in their daughter’s dating.It actually makes for a dangerous situation because God means for spiritual headship and leadership to be a more seamless handoff, not this disjointed affair that leaves the young woman spiritually and emotionally uncovered from age fifteen until her wedding day.Trust me, mothers of sons can be just as psychotic as fathers of daughters, and to avoid that, I have come up with the following rules for dating my son: 1. I have already heard stories of girls who suddenly began cutting themselves, ran away from home, and have threatened to kill themselves. If your name is "Becky Jones", I don't want to see "Becky Berg" written all over your notebooks. Many will be worthy of your hand in marriage, but my son isn't going there until he has his degree(s) and has a good job. These rules are WAY more lenient than some other mothers who want the girl to carry a bible and wear a chastity belt.My son is a child, and no child should be tortured with thoughts of you harming yourself. My son is involved in school activities, and cannot be with you 24/7. I am a realist, and when my boys get older and find "the one", I want to have a great relationship with my daughters-in law. For a list of my other posts, please visit my Chicago Now page!The much-anticipated introduction is an unending fountain of humor for friends and family, but it’s more often an occasion for horror for the young man. In today’s ideal scenario, she brings home a guy the whole family can love, and the rest is matrimony. How about if she moved and met her man far away from home? The moment is a mountain to overcome in almost any relationship, but I believe it’s a mountain we, as Christians, can capture for the good of the daughter, the suitor, and the father.