Dating among teenagers and young adults changes with each generation, but basic parental expectations tend to still prevail. What mother or father wasn’t once a teenager, trying to navigate the complexities of the adolescent social scene?
Let’s give today’s seemingly confused teenage boys a clue or two.
Better yet, here are no fewer than 20 time-tried taboos, sure to raise the eyebrows and hackles of nearly any girlfriend’s folks and perhaps even evoke a parental ban.
Want to lose the privilege of keeping time with a beloved teen daughter?
OK, lads. Go ahead. We dare you. Try any of these 20 teen dating no-no’s, and don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
- Wear pajamas or boxer shorts to come calling. And don’t get us started on low-rider jeans.
- Fail to shake hands or make eye contact when meeting her folks.
- Keep her out past her family curfew, or stay longer than that.
- Call after hours, even on a cell phone.
- Be a bench-warmer, hunkering in her home and never taking her out.
- Let her pay too often or do all the driving.
- Leave the seat up or fail to wash your hands.
- Invade her bubble of personal space, especially around her parents or family members.
- Expect to be left alone with her for extended amounts of time.
- Talk trash, expel body masses or gases, or use coarse language around her or her parents.
- Watch her or her folks do heavy lifting or clean up without offering to pitch in.
- Complain about your own parents, especially if they’re not all that bad.
- Send her naughty text messages.
- Brag about school or legal problems.
- Honk in the driveway when arriving to pick her up.
- Post racy or rowdy messages online about her or anyone else.
- Gossip about her to anybody.
- Lie to her parents – or to her.
- Cheat on her – ever, at all, or under any circumstances.
- Refuse to take “No” for an answer.
School’s in session, boys.
Study up, before you come calling on any of our daughters. After all, we’ve got your number, even before you ask for hers.