When it comes to who teenagers date, every family has the problem of parents trying to control their childrens every move. Everyone is an individual, and we should all be able to make our own decisions. Parents have control over part of their child’s life, but they can’t control every aspect of it. Kids should be trusted to start making their own decisions in life, so that they can learn lessons.
Yes, they can help to guide us along the way, but they can’t completely control our decisions. “Sweetie, we just don’t want you to get hurt,” is always the response when kids ask why their parents are being ‘overprotective.’ Well, if we don’t make mistakes, and sometimes get hurt, then we can never learn from our mistakes. People learn not from being told, but by doing. Even if we do end up getting hurt, it would be better to get hurt now when we have our parents to fall back on for help, rather than later in life, when we are on our own.
A lot of times, parents don’t approve of people because they “haven’t met them, and don’t know them.” That’s another trust issue. Of course they aren’t going to know every single person that their child wants to date. But parents need to trust in the way they raised their child and that they can make choices for themselves. Romeo and Juliet’s parents were complete enemies, and they didn’t know the children well, so they didn’t approve of them being together. The truth is that they were in love and happy, and in the end, that’s all that should matter.
Just kidding, mommy 🙂