While she was getting ready, he'd sit each guy down on the couch and say something along the lines of, "My daughter is more important to me than anything. I expect you to treat her with the utmost respect, or you will answer to me." One guy jumped off the couch and said, "I'm sorry, sir, but I don't want to run the risk of letting you down! As for other questions, the tried-and-true "What are your intentions with my daughter? Try to find out what his interests are, how he's doing in school, and what his own family is like.His answers to these questions can reveal much about how he feels about your daughter (and women in general), the degree to which he respects authority, and his own value system.
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Your daughter may still not be satisfied with that approach, and that's OK.
Most 14-year-olds think their parents are out of touch or too strict. But in hindsight, she'll be grateful for your protection during these early teen years.
There's a big difference between two kids who have a crush on each other and an exclusive relationship involving emotional and physical intimacy.
However, explain to her that a lot of the things people do in dating relationships are harmful -- such as frequent breakups, sexting, or sharing too much emotionally or physically.
That will better enable you to evaluate whether or not he's a worthy suitor. Juli Slattery is a licensed psychologist, co-host of Focus on the Family, author of several books, and a wife and mother of three.