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Words of Wisdom for My Teenage Daughter

My 14 year old daughter commented that she knows several girls in her P.E. class that have “boyfriends” and she doesn’t understand WHY these girls would date boys in the first place. She feels they are all TOO young and I of course agree!

I wasn’t quite sure how to explain the dynamics as I was not very popular in high school and I didn’t date until my Junior year. I dated the same boy until we broke up because we went to different colleges (I thought we would end up getting married). Seriously, I was that awkward teenager who reached puberty after all my friends, an A/B student, looked like a bean pole and my hair was a big curly mess! Not to mention very shy. My head was always down.

My daughter is in advanced placement classes, very athletic social. and has tons of friends (mostly from sports and her AP classes) Basically the total opposite of me!

Her question to me was “Why do the popular boys always date the most popular, prettiest girls in school? Why don’t they want to date the athletic, smart, pretty girls?”

The best advice I could muster up was “Most boys at this age and in high school date the girls they want to have fun with. As they get older during/after college, they date girls they want to marry”. Now realize I said “most” boys not all!

O.K. I know not the best advice!!!! Luckily she was very satisfied with my answer but I wish I could have given her better advice. I would like to be better prepared when this comes up again.

Any advice? Any good words of wisdom? Any good book to read?

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I feel the answer to that may be because high school is a big popularity contest and also it is important that , especially in high school, most boys find it difficult to date a smart, athletic girl because they do not want someone who can challenge their ego.

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She sounds like a pretty sharp kid. I'd be inclined to throw the question back at her. "What do YOU think about that?" She may need hours or days to think about it, but if the suggestion stands that she's capable of finding her own answers, she will more than likely rise to the challenge.

You can offer a few related questions, too, like, "How important is it to you to be dated by boys who are looking only at the outside of a pretty girl?" Or, "What kind of boy do you think you would like to date?" "What does popularity look like? How do you think your life would be different if you were in the popular crowd?" Those answers are in your daughter already, and you can help her draw them out.

Learn more about these useful techniques in How to Talk So Kids Will Listen, and Listen So Kids Will Talk. A great book, and very easy to incorporate into your daily conversations!

I think your answer was great, by the way, and it would certainly not be accurate to say "all" boys will eventually want a different sort of girl. And kudos to you for being the kind of mom who's daughter can ask such important questions.

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How about "sometimes boys that age are afraid of strong independent girls"? (It's true!)
Or that "it takes awhile for teenage boys to mature to the point that they can see past the lip gloss and tight jeans"?
She needs to know that there are boys who will appreciate her individual strengths and qualities and those are the ones that matter.

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Give her the book "Lies Young Women Believe." It explains alot. If she would rather watch a video, get "The Naked Truth" published by Interlinc ministries. It is amazing and "blush-free."

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There is a social caste system in highschool. There always has been and always will be. The titles of those different social clicks may change, but the clicks themselves stay the same. They pair up the way that they do because it is expected. The jock dates the cheerleader and all such as that. To be different is the kiss of death. To date outside the expected caste system structure is treason. Even if the liked a different girl, the social consequences of dating her would be disastrous. Friends are lost, social standing and status is lossed. It is an eat or be eaten mentality and that poor guy just became the main course. At that stage of development most kids are incapable of dealing with a change of that magnitude.

Congratulations to you. You have a smart, independent, confident well adjusted daughter that doesn't feel the need to follow blindly like a trout upstream. She is herself. You have done a truly wonderful job.

You might add that boys, when they are older and out of the fishbowl that is highschool, don't feel as much the need to conform. They are more independent, ready to think freely and learn to follow their bliss. They worry less about other people and what they think. They are smarter, more experienced and ready to have more mature relationships built of more mature reasons than "if I don't date her, they'll eat me."

She's smart, she'll get it, and what's more, she probably already recognizes it.

Hope this helps,


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because boys at this age have only one thing in mind, and it's not their brains. They are attracted to the "pretty" ones. Also the athletic /smart girls don't have the time to spend catering to the "needs" of boys. They usually date the girls that will spend all their time with them and the smart girls are smarter than the boys and generally intimidate the boys, as do the athletic girls.

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I have a 14 year old with almost the same problem.... she also has told me about how some of the girls she is friends with are already sexually active...YIKES! I maintain with her that she will never be punished for anything she talks to me about regarding boys, and she freely speaks her mind on a regular basis about the happenings of her schoolmates. She is also very proud to tell them that she is still a virgin and hopes to stay that way until she finds the right person. I do not expect her to remain this way forever, but the positive reinforcement of giving her space and privacy, combined with the fact she knows she can talk to me anytime about it has made her friends start coming to me about boys/sex too. Of course if I were to hear anything out of the ordinary or dangerous I would immediatly tell the other girls parents, but for now I just listen, smile and explain that they have their whole lives to figure out who is best for them, and although I am sure at 14 it seems like they will be single forever... I also tell them that letting the other girls date these boys will not only stop them from making advances on them, but they can also learn who out of the boys is good relationship material from watching there interactions with the other girls.

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Sounds like a conversation I had many times with my mom and friends.

I remember calling my Mom my sophomore year of college and asking if she'd be attracted to me if she were a guy my age. She said, "No". She said guys my age want the Bud Light models, not a smart, studious girl who's ambitious. It didn't help because I saw all the other girls getting the guys I found attractive.

I wish I understood the psychology of the teenage boy - or any man for that. So much is driven by what other people think of them, what girls they think will be easier and those that don't threaten their status.

Perhaps the AP classes don't expose her to the guys she's interested in - that happened to me as well. Not that they would have necessarily been interested in me, but it didn't help that I didn't have those classes or those friends in common. Even being a cheerleader and a gymnast, I never fit into the "popular" clique in school and had a hard time finding my place.

She sounds perfect - I hope she has the self-esteem not to let not being the object of their desires pull her down.

I'd almost recommend letting her see all the people you went to high school with on Facebook and what they've made of themselves vs. where you are in your life. A lot of those popular guys are overweight, still partying like they're in college and the typical cliche of the popular guy in high school many years later.

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I feel the answer to that may be because high school is a big popularity contest and also it is important that , especially in high school, most boys find it difficult to date a smart, athletic girl because they do not want someone who can challenge their ego.

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