[guestpost]I am a featured columnist with Choose Now Ministries. This is a post I did a little while back on dating boundaries.[/guestpost]
Navigating the dating waters can be extremely confusing, and at times, frustrating. Everyone has their own idea about what you should do – your parents, friends, and the guys who like you. It can be hard to decipher the boy code at this age, since boys aren’t usually mature enough to tell a girl he likes her. Usually, he tells his friend to ask you out, or he just teases you. In the classic movie, Anne of Green Gables, Gilbert Blythe pulls his love interest’s (Anne Shirley) hair and dips her braid into an inkwell.
Boys usually don’t tease you unless they like you. However, if they are cruel, then they probably are just mean guys. It doesn’t get any better when you get older! Even though the guys will have matured a little by high school graduation, they still fall into the same category.
And when you’re married…forget it. Husbands love to tease their wives. It never ends. So how do you maneuver this confusing time? Does he like me? Does he not like me? Better than picking petals off of daisies is a little guide to understanding the hormonal mind of teenage boys.
What rules do your parents have? Are you allowed to date? Do you have to be a certain age? Do you have to go on group dates? What does hooking up mean? Is courting something that people still do? How do I tell a guy that I like that I’m not allowed to date? It’s so embarrassing.
This post first appeared at Choose Now Ministries. To finish the article and learn the three ways to understand your dating boundaries, click here.