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Stable Couples Are Stricter Parents

Are your parents still living in wedded bliss? If so, then you may have them to blame for your early curfew on prom night. According to a fascinating piece of research recently published in the Wall Street Journal, parents in loving relationships often set more rigorous rules for their kids.

According to the story:

Parents who are involved in stable romantic relationships with spouses or partners tend more than other parents to set rules limiting teen dating behavior, such as curfews, minimum ages for dating, limits on places teens can go and explicit rules against sexual activity . . . While the reason isn't clear, the author suggests these parents may hold more conservative beliefs in general; many of the rules involved sexuality.

Of course, this isn't a hard and fast rule; maybe you had happily married parents who were also happy-go-lucky with dating rules. Keep in mind that the study, conducted by a professor at McDaniel College in Maryland, is pretty small: the survey sample involved just 169 parents and 102 teens.

But the conclusions make a lot of sense to me. I definitely had some friends in high school whose parents were very strict, and now that I think about it, those were also the parents who maintained happy marriages! What do you think? Does this ring true based on your own high school experience?


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