As the horde of rush-hour cars streamed by, Bill reminisced about the teenage daughter he had just picked up from band practice.He smiled as he thought about all those after-school trips over the last few years: dance classes, piano practices, the unending cycle of softball games and tournaments.So he took to Facebook to see if anyone wanted to accompany him to the dance - and the plucky teenager has been inundated with replies. I can supply proof upon request.'The scheme may have seen a little outlandish at first, but Joshua has already had several young ladies get in touch - as well as some people a little older than him.Writing on a buy and sell page in Perth, he said: I'm not buying or selling anything but seeing if there were any 15 - 19-year-olds in this group that would be willing to go to my year 12 ball with me in March this year. Melissa Smith, 23, offered to go with the young lad and said she would wow his friends.'Oh man, I'm 23 years old and would love to rock up with you and enjoy the night but that would be a bit naughty,' she said.The greasy-haired, tattoo-covered guy has dropped out of high school or college and spends his day driving around in his sleek car. Most of us haven’t experienced this sort of extreme, but it’s still very common for parents to find their older teens and adult children pursuing friendships and relationships with people they don’t approve of.
Joshua Shepherd, from Perth, recently broke up with his ex-girlfriend but did not want to go to his end-of-year ball alone.
Joshua, who goes to Ballajura Community College, revealed that since making the appeal, 'two lovely girls' have offered to go to the ball with him.
A hairdresser and make-up artist have both offered to help the 17-year-old's date get ready for the night, once he has made the tough decision on who to invite to the ball at the Hyatt Regency hotel.
Sure, he knew this gap was normal for teenagers and their parents. “Okay,” he replied, “I’ll take that for an answer . Although it’s uncomfortable, he’s definitely on the right track.
But he wasn’t ready yet to surrender his role as a parent. Just what role should parents play to steer a child away from the traps in the most popular sport for many teens—the dating game? For us, dating or courting is a small part of the overall process of determining God’s will for discovering your life partner in marriage.