The hardest task is not to project my experiences on these two when they are not doing anything wrong. In this case as I’ve explained, that’s not an issue with my daughter and her boyfriend. Chances are high that this relationship will eventually come to an end. Trust them until it’s proven they can’t be trusted.
What should we expect from our teenagers when they start dating? When two people connect in such a way, it’s difficult to not get carried away with what’s going on. She’s naturally beautiful and reaches a stunning level when she wants to. She wants people to like the “weird” things about her. Accept each other as is, and in the process, you’ll learn good things from each other. When proper respect has been observed the entire time, that moment will be a lot easier and far less messy. Uncalled for intervention might result in exactly what you’re trying to prevent.
James Garner and David Spade later joined the main cast as Cate's father and nephew, Jim Egan and C. Barnes, in an attempt to fill the void left by Ritter.
He might be a well-adjusted young man full of the right things, but I was not at his age, and I know all the angles. Control the public displays of affection and in private too.
I’m not proud of my years as a teenage boy, but as a parent I have a wealth of experience to draw upon. I know you’re going to kiss, but I sure don’t want to see it. Show my daughter the respect she deserves, and she’s been taught to treat you the same way. And no, you can’t go out of town together to see a concert. We spent all those years teaching and instilling values.
The young man’s mother did a very good job teaching manners and etiquette to her son.
He ate with us at Easter and even brought flowers and a dessert. That said, this is still my daughter we’re talking about and I’m not naïve. No father likes to see his daughter cuddled with a boy.