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How do I convince my parents to let me date?

Sometimes, having strict parents can make you feel like you live under a rock. You've reached the point where you want to go out with your crush but you know your parents don't even want to hear you even mention a guy's name. If you're ready to snag a sweetie, try following these tips on how to convince your parents you're ready for a BF.

Communicate your feelings.
It might be hard speaking to your parents once they are convinced about their viewpoints. Try and speak to them during a time when they are in their best mood. You can even try cooking for them or making snacks before you have the conversation. Start by opening up to them about how you feel and how responsible you have become. You can back it up with how good you're doing in school and any other activities that you are doing well in.

Introduce your crush.
It helps if your parents meet your crush so they know exactly who you are seeing. You could plan a lunch date with your crush and parents and get them to bond over something you all like. By the time lunch is over, your parents might be more comfortable with letting you go out together.

Suggest group dates.
Maybe your parents are concerned with you being alone with your crush. You can suggest group dates in public areas. Some suggestions could be a picnic, bowling or even the movies. A double date with your BFF and her boyfriend would be an awesome way to hang out with your crush and BFF at the same time.

Lay down some rules.
When you've finally reached the stage that you have convinced your parents or are still trying to, you should discuss some guidelines you can all agree on. You can let your parents know how safe you will be by carrying your phone, purse and wallet when on a date. Also, if they are worried about where you are, you can offer to call them to let them know where you are and when you will be back. At this stage, it is important to listen to your parent's and obey their rules on dating. Once, they see how responsible you've become, they might let things slide by.

Respect their decision.
At the end of the day, you still have to respect the fact that they are your parents and they want the best for you. Perhaps, they don't see what you see in yourself just yet. Don't act out or disobey them. Let your actions speak for you. Over time, they will notice how responsible you've become and let you date. 

How do your parents feel about you dating? Tell us your experience below! 

by Timi Awoyinka | 7/16/2017
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