17 year old dating a 22 year old

Kimberly - posted on 07/14/2017 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter were very close. While doing some volunteer work last fall she starting talking to this 21 year old guy, she claimed they were just friends. Now they have been seeing each other for a few months now and it is ripping me apart. Her demeanor has changed she has become snippy. I feel like the more I press the issue the harder she clings on to him. My husband is insisting when she turns 18 and graduates from school if she is still with him she needs to leave our home. What do I do. I am not ok with this

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Jtcampe3 - posted on 07/18/2017

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Teen dating issues are some of the hardest things we as parents face. Unfortunately the snippy part comes with the age territory, hormones and wanting to feel grown up and be an adult. My best advice is to put fair rules in place and pray for her. If you try and manipulate and control her, she will rebel even further. I find with teens especially it helps to ask them questions about the person they are dating so they can process and see if this is a good influence in their life or bad. What do you like about him? Does he make you a better person? What are his goals? Non-threatening questions that get the person thinking. Also have you considered speaking to a close friend, pastor or counselor? We have done that more than once in the past about issues with our teens. It's helpful to get a new perspective and advice. Praying for you! Hang in there, it does get better as they age. ((Hugs))

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