Taking three teenage boys to the beach is quite the adventure and something I bravely undertook last week. For the most part the boys kept busy swimming and playing football on the beach. However, every time a teenage girl would walk by all you could hear was, “Hi, my friend thinks you’re beautiful, can he get your number?” This was clearly the pick up line for the day.
The response was almost always a dirty look. After watching this for a while, I suggested to the boys that they try a different approach that might help them get more than just nasty looks. Did I do the right thing? Well, I feel as though teaching my teen to be respectful of women and not so forward is the right thing to do. Therefore, I suggested saying, ” Hi, How are you?”
I told them this sounds better than lashing out with, “Can I get your phone number?” Was it corny to suggest this? I often wonder about the best way to handle these situations? On one hand I want to teach my son respect, but other times I wonder if maybe I should just stay out of it. I’m not really sure which is best, but I know for a fact what they were doing at first didn’t seem to work.
They tried my approach and the girls stuck around to watch them play football. I guess offering up some advice wasn’t so bad after all. Our ride home from the beach was yet another crazy teen moment. Every time we would pass someone in the car, the boys thought it was funny to make faces and noises. Drove me crazy! They quickly knocked it off after my parent voice projected out. Wow, it made me think back to my teen years and I remember being in the car and screaming out the window. Back then I thought it was funny and cool. How immature and now to think my son is acting the same way. Reality check………