Do you believe that parental approval has any influence on choice of dating or marital partner? Why
Parents sometimes disapprove of choice. It appears that those who try to please others might have difficulty with this issue
As a parent of a 17 and a 15 year old, and having worked with youth for many years, my opinion is that if the person entering into the dating/marriage has a good relationship with their parents, then they should always seek input from them.
It can take someone outside of the relationship to see something that is a warning sign when someone inside cannot. Love is truly blind at times like these and the wisdom and unbiased opinion of a parent (willing to speak what they see) can save a heck of a lot of heartache down the road.
If you are a person considering dating (which really should be only to find your life partner anyways) you should be open to input from trusted advisors. Remember that they have your best interests at heart. Parents only get one shot at parenting their children and I have told youth for years and years that their parents are always doing their best and what they feel is right in any given situation.
Your children are fortunate to have you as a parent. The hovering parents concern me, and also unconcerned parents. Hopefully, you are in the majority. Your leadership certainly helps others as you work with youth. Congratulations on your success.
Thanks brakel2 for your kind words. Too many parents check out of parenting as soon as their kids become teens, but that's when you just ave to roll your sleeves up and dig in for the fun stuff!
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