Dear Mouthy Housewives,
My 14-year-old daughter has her first boyfriend and it turns out, he’s adorable. She has been friends with him for a year or so, but “dating” for a few months. He is a good influence on her and she is better behaved around him. He’s polite and I really like him for her. (I was so afraid she’d be attracted to a macho jerk.)
Do I encourage her to see him or ignore him because if she finds out I like him, she’ll dump him for a carnie when the fair comes to town? I’m ready to plan a family ski trip and include him in it!
Dear Ms. Matchmaker,
Congratulations on liking your future son-in-law and on your excellent instincts! Because you are so right—nothing threatens a budding romance like a parent’s approval.
If you can possibly stand it, avoid all discussion about the boyfriend. If she brings him up, be noncommittal.
Daughter: Mom, isn’t Ben dreamy?
You: Dreamy? What are you, Marcia Brady?
Daughter: Who’s Marcia Brady? Anyway, isn’t he great?
You: Who? Ben? I don’t know.
Daughter: What do you mean, you don’t know?! What’s wrong with him?
You: No, nothing. He’s fine for a first crush. I guess.
Daughter: FIRST CRUSH? WE ARE IN LOVE AND WILL BE TOGETHER FOREVER.
You: If you say so.
This will drive her into his arms and to Utah, where 14 is the legal age for matrimony. The bonus is that there is fantastic skiing in Utah, so you’ll be able to hit the slopes with the newlyweds. Win-win!