Okay, so, maybe I’m making religion the unfair scapegoat for your parents’ judgment of your boyfriend, without any real context. There are some genuine concerns that parents can have about who’s dating their daughter.But in the absence of tangible “you’re hurting yourself and risking life-long sorrow” reasons? Good parenting means giving your kids the tools to make good decisions, NOT making decisions for them.EVERY SINGLE HAPPY PERSON I KNOW is happy because of independent choices – not predetermined plans foisted upon them by overbearing parents.

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It’s also a good reason to take a relationship with someone older or younger at a slow pace.

What do you do when your parents don’t approve or feel that the person you love/dating is the right person for you? And while I like to maintain a separation between church and date, I don’t think your culture can be entirely ignored here. So if your parents are super-caring and attentive, they’re likely to be overprotective.

Do you respect their wishes and find someone who is welcome at home and around your family, or do you follow your heart and stay with the person you love even if your parents may not attend the wedding? I’ve explored this concept before, in relation to successful women, but I think it applies to Judaism as well. If they’re intelligent, they’re likely to be opinionated.

If they’re the CHOSEN people, they’re likely to look upon others as NOT chosen people. Maybe he’s got a tattoo of a skull over his left eye.

When I declared in 1993 that I was cancelling my LSATs and becoming a comedy writer, my parents supported me.

When I decided that I wasn’t going to pursue screenwriting anymore and that I was going to film school to be a professor, my parents supported me…. Still, I’d be remiss if you thought I was suggesting that all parental wisdom is worthless.

When I told them I was dropping out of film school to promote “I Can’t Believe I’m Buying This Book” and E-Cyrano, and was going to make my way as a dating coach, my parents supported me. I may have broken their hearts and drained their wallets and destroyed their dreams of having a professional son, but they knew that I was driven and competent and had to find my own way. If you love your parents, you probably want to make them happy. YOU are the one who has to live daily with the consequences of her own decisions. Sometimes, we are so blinded by love that we can unwillingly steer our lives into a ditch.

In any relationship it can be a nerve-wracking experience to introduce a partner to your family.

If you happen to be dating someone who is not your age, and especially if that age difference is considerable, the situation can become even more complicated.

In addition to questions you may have about your relationship, the people in your life who care about you, such as your family members or friends, may also express concern or even disapproval of your significant other.

It can cause stress and put a strain on your relationship with your family as well as with your partner. Read on for tips on assessing your relationship and starting a dialogue with your family Ask yourself these questions: While dating someone older or younger than you is not a crime by itself, if you are engaged in a sexual relationship it can become a legal issue. S., it is considered statutory rape to have sex with minors under “the age of consent.” This age varies from state to state (check the laws in your state here), ranging from 10 to 18, as do the complexities of the law (some states factor in the degree of age difference), but it is important to be aware that statutory rape is a serious charge that may carry heavy penalties.