We started dating when I was seventeen and we were engaged when I was eighteen.
Seventeen years later with seven children, we are happy and thriving, so I need to clarify what I mean when I say that I am opposed to teenagers dating…
I am opposed to teens exclusively dating before a marriageable age with a purpose other than serious marriage discernment. It’s not that all of those boys were monsters (although a couple were mighty strange) but rather that I did not have the time and the freedom to develop purpose and confidence outside of a relationship.
I would gladly trade every positive moment with my teen boyfriends to have those years back as my own.
Two Saturdays ago, the 16-year-old daughter of a school proprietor, Mrs.
Abiodun Oyebode, had insisted on going a date with one of her male friends, despite her mother’s refusal.
Once you’ve found someone to marry and you get married, you no longer engage in dating.
Oyebode, who is sometimes referred to as ‘Margaret Thatcher’ by some pupils in her school, because of her strict mien, said she literally had to lock all the doors in her house to prevent her daughter, Josephine, from leaving the premises.
“Since then, my daughter has refused speaking with me.
The longer I live, the more strongly I oppose the practice of dating among teenagers.
The irony of my position is that I met and married my husband when I was still a teen.