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Mailbag: How Do You Protect Boys In Dating Game?

Ordinary Shark: Interesting that you asked the question of the women. I think Cyn’s egalitarian view was correct. But also why not ask the same question for our sons? From the tread, it seems the popular belief if that all the young men are motivated purely by hormones. (there is certainly that angle but it is not limited to the males, either) Why not start addressing this with out sons so we don’t worry so much about our daughters? We love them all equally and they are equally fragile when exploring new experiences.

DFO: Yes, boys are hormonally maladjusted during their teen years, and they’re encouraged to make wrong decisions by the “entertainment media” and sometimes adults in their life. I didn’t pry into my son’s dating life much. Then, there wasn’t a lot of it at the high school level. On the other hand, we spent a coupla hours a coupla times a month at the coffee house talking about any and everything he felt like. I tried to model respect for females for him by the way I treated his mother and his sister. Indeed, boys need to be protected as much as girls today, from themselves sometimes.

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