If My Parents Didn’t Approve Of The Guy I Was Dating, I Wouldn’t Be Dating Him

If My Parents Didn’t Approve Of The Guy I Was Dating, I Wouldn’t Be Dating Him

My parents' approval is one of the most important things to me.
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Some people have said that when your parents tell you to “stop dating someone” because they aren't good for you, it causes you to want that person even more.

That is not the case for me. I would say my parents know me pretty well, I mean they did raise me and all. They know me well enough to know exactly how I should be treated and ultimately who I should be with.

A couple years ago, my parents sat me down and told me that I should end things with the guy I had been dating for three years—we like to call that day “World War III”—and for a 17-year-old girl, that meant the end of my whole world. I didn’t want to break up with him, but my parents were firm about how they felt.

Now that I’ve started a new chapter in my life, being away at college and meeting so many new people, I can finally understand what they were trying to show me. Sometimes it takes an outsider's perspective in order to bring a lot of problems to light that you can’t see when you’re blinded by love.

My mom showed me that what I had was not love, just an aspect of it. If someone really loves you they would never put you in a position where you felt as if they didn’t. My dad showed me that there was not mutual respect nor was there any trust. In a healthy relationship, two people have to respect each other and trust each other in order for it to be considered a relationship at all.

Since then, I have become a lot tougher. I know how to stand up for myself, and I know what I want in a relationship. None of that would have ever happened if my parents had not intervened. Every guy I’ve dated since then has had to have their approval from the get-go, and that will be the case for the next guys that come along.

Your parents know you better than you know yourself, and they care about you more than anyone else. They want to see you with someone who makes you happy, but most importantly, someone who treats you with love and respect.

If my next lucky guy happens to read this, you know what to expect, and I do wish you luck. However, if you do end up making it past Mom, Dad, and my sister, just know that there’s a whole other crew you’ve got to get past... the cousins.

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16 Fall Dates Your Girlfriend Is Hoping You Have Planned

Take your girl apple picking and she'll love you forever.

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The great season that brings us homey days and spooky nights is right around the corner—Who doesn't love fall? Weeks filled with bonfires, football, beautiful colored leaves and the smell of cinnamon apple wherever you go. Fall is definitely the season for love, the temperature drops which makes you want to grab someone for some cuddling under some cozy blankets. Fall is also the perfect time to do some super cute things with your significant other, but us girls don't want to do all the planning.

If you know your girl would be down for some fun stuff this upcoming season and you want to surprise her a little bit with some of your planning skills, I got you covered.

Here are 16 Fall date ideas that your girlfriend already hopes you have planned:

1. Apple picking

Find the nearest apple orchard and grab your girlfriend and go pick some fresh apples. You could even decide to bake a sweet apple pie afterwards!

2. Visiting a corn maze


You can have fun getting lost together in these for hours.

3. Pumpkin picking

Find the perfect pumpkin that matches you. My personal favorite thing to do with pumpkins is by taking their seeds out and baking them!

4. Pumpkin carving


You can pretty much create anything design wise on a pumpkin.

5. Have a scary movie marathon

Staying in a night and watching a ton of scary movies is totally something your girl has in the back of her head. Some of my favs are "Scary Godmother" the "Insidious" and "The Conjuring" series and of course, "Halloween Town."

6. Visit somewhere near with pretty foliage

Taking a trip somewhere where you can really check out the Fall colors really makes you love the season even more.

7. Attend a football game

If your girl is really into sports (like me!), she'll love going to her favorite team's game. Whether it's high school, college or professional football, I'm sure she'd love the crisp air with great atmosphere!

8. Check out a haunted house

If you really want a thrilling date, definitely check out a local haunted house.

9. Have a bonfire or go to one

Bonfires in the Fall months are always the best. It really can't get any better than wearing a nice big sweatshirt, hanging out with your favorite person and roasting marshmallows around a warm fire.

10. Create some autumn themed treats

You can go as easy or tricky as you want with these. From something as simple as caramel apples to something as hard as a bonfire cake, your significant other will love the thought and then you two can enjoy something after all the hard work.

11. Look for couple Halloween costumes

Halloween is all about having fun, so go check out the stores and get some matching costumes.

12. Attend a Halloween party

It could be a nice small family get together Halloween themed party or a huge Halloween themed college party... whatever you or your girl is down for!

13. Visit a local coffee shop

Pretty much every coffee shop around the country brings out some Fall themed flavors. Each of you order something new and seasonal and try them out!

14. Spend time in fuzzy blankets by a fire

Cuddling up together in nice, fuzzy, warm blankets and listening to the crackle of the fire can be so relaxing. Talk about your day or simply take a small nap together while snuggled up.

15. Go to the farmer's market

You can always find so much at the farmer's market. Sunflowers are in season during the early Fall months so you could always surprise your lover with a cute bouquet of them.

16. Have a picnic in the park

Pack some Fall favorites like soup, caramel and apples, pumpkin bread and all those other cozy flavors. Pick your favorite park, dress for the weather and enjoy some good homemade food with your favorite person.

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9 Ways To Lean Into Your Nerdy Side While Still Keeping Things Cute Enough With Your Partner

Nerdy and flirty.

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There's nothing like bringing out your nerdy side with your S.O. Unlike the typical dinner date, the pressure is off and you have a chance to let loose and relax. Check out these fun nerdy date ideas for inspiration.

Check out the local arcade

You obviously can't go wrong with an arcade date. Video games, junk food, and the chance to show off your gaming skills! Nothing like a little friendly competition between you and your S.O.

Sing nerdy karaoke

Karaoke. But not just any type of karaoke, nerdy karaoke. Find a bar that appeals to the nerdy crowd. Get up, get out, and sing your heart out.

Nerd out at your local comic book shop

Spend the day getting lost in the newest issue of your favorite comic book. Bonus points if you both show up dressed as superheroes.

Act like a child at the theme parks

Running around the theme park like a 5-year-old is a great way to bring out your nerdy side with your S.O.! Bonus points if you take pictures with the people dressed up as characters.

Meet fellow nerds at the next convention

Grab tickets and head over to the next nerdy convention with your S.O.! It's a fun way to dress up and meet other people.

Relive your childhood at the playground

Do you remember playing in the playground when you were a little kid? Take a picnic lunch and head over to your nearest park. The perfect way to bring out your playful side with your S.O.

Stay in and play games

Video games or board games? The possibilities are endless. Bonus points if you wear onesie pajamas, just 'cause.

Hold a movie marathon weekend

Watch movies as you dress up as your favorite characters and make themed foods/drinks.

Spend the entire day napping

Take a break from the world and catch up on your beauty sleep. All the cuddles.

Whatever you decide to do, enjoy embracing your nerdy side with your S.O.

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