Our teenagers would all say that their prom dates were a lot of fun. Many of the parents were involved with before-dance dinners, chaperoning the dance, and hosting after-dance activities at homes or rented facilities.

And it was a good opportunity for them to practice their manners and learn how to behave in formal clothes. A teenager going on a first date at 17 is certainly not the norm in our culture.

" because just like there's bad boys lurking out there in the world, just waiting to take advantage of your princess, there's just as many (if not twice as many) bad girls waiting to pounce on our sweet boys. Because chances are, you're awake too, doing the same sorts of things. Chances are, if you're anything like me, you're very tired. Sometimes, your temper erupts, your selfishness wins, and your smile is fake.

something on the today show has made me stop and jump. the media is full to the brim with stories about 'rules for dating my daughter.' what about "rules for dating my son? my daughter has a boyfriend right now who is the textbook example of a gentleman. When I'm awake at night - feeding babies, burping babies, giving tylenol to a feverish toddler, covering up chilly toes, tucking green monkeys under little arms - I think of you.

He glanced at her in the seat next to him and thought, .

Usually Bill and his daughter made small talk on their brief ride home. Bill was concerned about the growing emotional distance between them. for now.” A tense silence filled the car as it eased forward and stopped in the driveway.* Bill is definitely a courageous dad, pressing into a relational hot spot where most parents fear to tread.

In light of our reformatted definition of dating, we have the following very general age guidelines for spending time with a friend of the opposite sex (these are for our children still living at home).

However, even with these guidelines, three out of four of our teens had their first real date to the school prom in their junior year at age 17.

And when they face the darkest days of their lives, it will be your child and mine, facing into the struggle together.

I'm pretty sure that our longest days - the ones that are brim-full with hair-pulling moments, impossible messes, and toddler meltdowns - those are the days that we are fashioning hearts.

Someday we will sit on opposite sides of the aisle..fancy and with gobs of tissues tucked into our fists.

We'll watch our silly, sticky, sweet babies somehow transform into brides and grooms and make the same promises to one another that we ourselves have kept...against all odds and only by His grace.

proven by the numerous videos of shotgun toting dads, threatening boys, calling them princesses and listing the rules boys must abide are the same standards not held for girls? some girls require quite a bit of $$$ entertainment. my son has dated some of the most considerate christian girls.