As stated. How many of you had one or two parents take you aside when you were getting to that age, and give you the run-down on dating? Talk about how to ask for numbers, good first dates, how to not get friend zoned, all that?
I'll be the first to say... nope. My dad took me to some church thing about not having sex, but never taught me about how to date successfully and me an attractive guy. (Besides the looks. But for guys, there's a lot more to it than looks.)
So, did anyone get blessed with parents kind enough to teach you about dating, or did you all have to go through the school of hard knocks, and learn through brutal experience?
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In high school, I wasn't even allowed to date. They never taught me anything about sex other than the Christian Conservative perspective (sex must be saved until marriage, otherwise the girl will get pregnant). In fact, I was barely allowed to go anywhere without my parents being there. My only social life existed during school hours where I was friends with both guys and girls. To this day, I wonder what it would have been like to try to date one of my high school female friends.
Then I came to college, where I still haven't dated. It's because of my shyness around girls I am interested in (as a friend, I have no problem talking with girls). I'm not quite sure if I should blame my parents for not giving me advice since everyone's dating style is different (or so I'm told). I'm just hoping that I can find someone in my last year of college starting in the fall.
I do wish my dad could have talked about his dating life before he met my mom. Sure, it would be awkward, but perhaps helpful. But I do not blame my parents for my lack of dating. I blame myself for that. Hey, I was able to develop my other social skills throughout my first year of college. I just don't understand the whole no dating deal that happened in high school.1