Rules about dating my teenage daughter

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Your own family would appear to be living this process out currently.My recommendation to you is to see about getting your family into a family therapy situation.Over the next week, two of my boys have birthdays that end in “teen.” Today, Jonah stepped fresh and eager into his thirteenth year. I feel like I finally understand why I had to go through the baby and toddler years: This is the reward. Our boys need to know what is absolutely ok, and what is absolutely not.

When one of my boys come out laughing and want me to watch a funny Vine or You Tube Video, I drop everything for it. They are going to mess up so much you’ll wonder where you went wrong. Consequences may be in order, but so is a whole lot of grace. Keep it relevant, and as brief as possible, but when you see them facing forks in the road, go ahead and speak some good solid words of advice to them. And the thing with parenting is–you’re never really sure when they’ll need you. I should add here that my husband and I are Christians, and our faith is woven into every item I listed above.It feels good to get what you want, but it is not always in your best interest that this should occur.The outcome, in your case, is that daughter becomes more of a selfish brat (albeit a brat who was probably wounded by her biological parent’s divorce and who is acting out at the present time), husband becomes daughter’s poodle, wife feels unloved and unappreciated, and everyone loses self-respect.It is common in such circumstances that children will cling to their original parent and reject the step-parent.Such behavior puts pressure on the marriage and attempts to split it or break down the boundary around the new marriage, which likely has not had much chance to get well defined in the first place.

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