In a few years they will be in high school and you will not be privy to much of the inner workings of their social lives.This is the perfect opportunity to teach them what being in a relationship with someone means. My 7th grade son and I were in the grocery store one day when he remarked that some purple flowers were his girlfriend’s favorite color.In lands where dating is the custom, many youths would answer the same way.“Sometimes you feel left out because all your peers have boyfriends and you don’t,” says 14-year-old Yvette.A few days later he had oral surgery and his girlfriend came over with balloons and ice cream for him.This was the perfect opportunity to bring up how it made him feel to have someone do something spontaneously nice for him.
I am curious about all the other parents of teenagers, soon-to-be-teens, survived-the-teen-years think?
I don’t know that I have seen anything recently that I more wanted to take a photo of than him standing at his girlfriend’s front door, holding the bouquet behind his back.
He told me later that she was so happy and in turn it made him so happy.
I never mentioned the flowers, but brought up the point that we do special things for special people in our lives–family and friends.
Later that week we were grocery shopping again– I swear I live there at the grocery store– and when he saw the flowers he asked if he could buy a bouquet.