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Tween Dating Advice from Modern Family

August 9th, 2011 by Beth Feldman Founder, Role Mommy

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?

Last comment: Sep 21st 2014 4 Comments
  • Dating says:

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  • It’s sad that our children are rushing through every stage of their lives. What’s worse we give in to their childish and sometimes dangerous desires. I say parents slow theprocess down.

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  • Rhena says:

    My daughter is only 20 mos, but dating is something we are definitely already thinking about (mostly we agree that she will not date until she is 32).

    I hope that she confides in me when she does start having crushes and dating and all of that — but if, for whatever reason, she doesn’t, I hope that she has enough solid adults in her life that she has someone she can confide in and get some good advice from them (and hopefully adults that I’m close to too so that I can covertly pull the strings). Or, at the very least, perhaps she’ll have a diary that I can secretly read. (Just kidding.)