I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I watch TV, I often find myself relating to exactly what’s going on in my own life. Don’t worry — I’m not talking about the “Real Housewives” or “Jersey Shore.” For me, it’s “Modern Family,” one of my favorite comedies that, week after week, shares life’s most uncomfortable moments and puts them out there, warts and all. One of my favorite episodes of the season tackled the topic of tween dating — something that’s going on in my own home life at the moment.
Manny had a crush on an athletic girl in his class and was desperately seeking advice on how to get her to like him. Though he didn’t confide in his mom or step-dad, Manny instead shared his story with his Uncle Cam, who gave him dating pointers and even offered some tips on how to hold his own against the softball-playing star.
These days, I’ve found myself tackling the topic of dating with my own daughter (who happens to play softball, too) and have discovered that she doesn’t necessarily take my advice. Instead, she’s confided in friends, her grandparents, and even a guidance counselor. And ultimately, she has made her decisions without my help.
Has your tween confided their crush to one of your family members? How did you handle it when they didn’t come to you first to ask advice?