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What Dating Advice Have You Gotten From Your Parents?

After my first real boyfriend (Bobby) broke up with me in 8th grade, I'll never forget what my mother told me to make me feel better -- "You've got to kiss a few frogs before you meet your prince."

It wasn't exactly what I wanted to hear since Bobby was the only "frog" I wanted to be with, but I guess a mother's experience is worth much more than I could give her credit for at my young age. Over 15 years later, I finally see her point.

I'm sure your mother and father gave you plenty of advice on dating and relationships. - some I'm sure you probably didn't agree with (and still don't), and some that was invaluable.

So tell me, what dating advice have you gotten from your parents?


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thisbulimicwar thisbulimicwar 10 years
my mother always said, "fool me once shame on u fool me twice shame on me." after i had a bf who was like that to me i understood wut she ment and now live by it. also my parents always said "never go to bed angry at eachother." and i never do, my bfa nd i always resolve ur issues before we go to bed, u never know wut will happen
vmruby vmruby 10 years
That a man who respects his mother is the type of man you want to marry.....
sass317 sass317 10 years
My Grandmother said, "you marry who you go with" which makes sense, you arent going to meet a nice guy if you hang out with sketchy people. She also said not to marry an older man, bc he will "up and die on you" my grandfather died 16 years ago and he was 6 years older than my grandmother(the guy I was dating at the time was also 6 years older than me). Of course her "boyfriend" now is also 6 years older than her- she doesnt really follow her own advice. My mom said "give geeks a chance". I finally gave a geek a chance and of course I married him- mom was right, and hes only 2 months older than me so my grandmother is happy too.
schar schar 10 years
My mother's big one was "Actions speak louder than words" which is so true in a relationship... Oh and she used to tell me that things should be perfect in the beginning because they'll never get better, only worse. Sounds kind of cynical but it's right on...if things are perfect in the honeymoon stage that's a huge red flag.
Hautie Hautie 10 years
These were all great comments... my Mother's big thing was "you are judged by the company you keep". Which used to irk me to no end. But as a adult I get it...
Beaner Beaner 10 years
My mom said, "If a guy ever hits you or hurts you in any way - LEAVE him. Don't give him a second chance to hurt you again." I agree 100%.
yoan190 yoan190 10 years
My father once told me, "Don't have a boyfriend before you're in college!", hehehe. My parents didn't tell me anything about dating or to heal a broken heart. But my grandma did. She told me, to be with a man who loves his parents. The way he treats the parents could show the real him. And I found it true.
CupcakeGal10 CupcakeGal10 10 years
My mom has always told me if a man cheats on you once, he'll cheat on you twice. NEVER settle for someone who can't commit to you and you alone. And I agree. :)
curlikues curlikues 10 years
My ex-fiance's mom told me this to help me get over my heartbreak: "There's a landful, not a handful." I found it to be both hilarious and true!
FiestyRed36 FiestyRed36 10 years
My Mom and my Grandma always say "Better days are comin'..." whenever I'm upset. Be it about a boyfriend or a breakup or whatever. It never fails to make me feel just a tinge better.
theboyslover theboyslover 10 years
keep your panties up and your skirt down. hey, it's good advice considering i'm almost 3 yrs out of high school and 85% of my graduating class has 1-3 kids.
almostloli almostloli 10 years
oh. always be the one who ends the first date first.
almostloli almostloli 10 years
from my mom: "do not act like a spoiled brat, he's your boyfriend, the guy you love, be a good girlfriend." "never ask out a guy first." from my dad: "let him be the aggressor, you play with his game" (do not look for him, act too clingy, before you two have commitments) and tons of others actually haha
cgmaetc cgmaetc 10 years
"you should have been looking for a husband in college." wait.. is that advice, or a criticism?
rosey_y rosey_y 10 years
Oh, and any of my mum's advice was always somewhere along the lines of "treat 'em mean, keep 'em keen". Which works, but I've sure grown out of that. I've now tailored it more to the notion of giving each other space, and never being clingy!
rosey_y rosey_y 10 years
My dad always tells me to be ruthless. I've had more than my fair share of highly obsessive boyfriends and I don't think my dad likes it, haha. He doesn't mean that I should be cruel, just that I shouldn't waste my time on guys who are bad for me. He also advised me to not get married until I'm 30. I don't know if I'll make it quite that far, but it's definitely made me in no hurry to get engaged. I was talking to him just the other day about relationships and he told me that as long as a my partner and I are always honest with each other about what we want out of life, and each other, we'll have a good shot. I love my dad! I think my main challenge is finding someone who's as good as him. I don't mean that in a creepy way... I hope you know what I mean! He's set a very high standard for what a good life partner means to me. :)
dotsca dotsca 10 years
If a guy likes you, he'll be around when he doesn't have to be. And, don't ever make fun of a guy in front of his friends, but especially not in front of your friends.
rachelbojangles rachelbojangles 10 years
Nothing really. When I'd break up with a bf. She'd just go "Well, that happens" "Don't get married and have kids too young. Advance in your career" I totally agree with that. I don't want to get married till I'm like 35.
princess_eab princess_eab 10 years
"Don't date a man with a weird last name... because you might end up marrying him!" My grandmother even refused an engagement because of a name like Borkschnitzel or something. Pretty old-fashioned, but still.
valepere valepere 10 years
"Let him miss you a little bit!" ha ha I guess she's right, but that's a difficult advice for me to follow :S
rubialala rubialala 10 years
My mom said if you love someone and let them go and they come back to you then it was meant to be and if they don't then it wasn't.
nancita nancita 10 years
My dad rarely offers me relationship advice, but when he does, I'm pleasantly surprised by how poignant it is. Most recently, he observed that we are often attracted to people with opposite traits from our own, and after a while, those things can start to irritate us. His advice: Let the person's strongest traits come out, and you both have to be content to do the things you do best.
thewindcries thewindcries 10 years
"It's his loss". Which is true! :)
kickinthecherries kickinthecherries 10 years
My mom told me two things that really stand out. 1. Don't ever do anything you wouldn't want your future husband/children to find out about. 2. Don't ever chose a guy over a friend. Guys come and go, but friends are a lot harder to come by.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 10 years
My dad, after two divorces has this to say: "Love? Being in love means nothing. You have to be able to live with the person." My mom, after marrying my father who was everything she dreamed of and gave her butterflies galore: "He was the man of my dreams and look how that turned out. Falling in love with someone doesn't mean they're the right person for you." Seems like the message from them is clear. Find someone you are happy with on a day to day basis. And falling madly in love with someone isn't an indication of whether you'll be happy with them long term. Now if only Hollywood could get on board with this... :)
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