Dear Carol

"How can I convince my mom to let me date?"

Dear Carol,
I just started seventh grade and my mom says I’m not allowed to date until I’m a junior in high school. I get that she wants to protect me, but I’m smart and responsible. It’s not like I’m in a rush, but what if a guy I like comes along? I think ninth grade is reasonable. How can I convince my mom?

—Mature Enough

Dear Mature Enough,
Is this worth fighting over now? By the time high school rolls around, she may have altered her attitude without you even having to go to battle. Who knows? The guy you like may be a scholar-athlete or the lead in a play or someone your mom can’t help but admire. Since you’re not looking to start dating tomorrow, try to enjoy harmony on the homefront.

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by GL | 2/10/2019