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You dreaded it but the moment’s here; your baby wants to go out on dates. But do they know what the heck they’re doing? Mom Susan Bitar and her 17-year-old daughter Sophia Davis say the boys are completely clueless, leaving girls to do everything short of picking out their ties. So the two put out a guide with tips on dating for teenagers at Sophia’s school. “We want to bring chivalry back and hand some responsibilities to the guys,” Bitar told Today Moms.

Called “Dating Etiquette: It’s Always in Fashion—A Guide for Guys & Girls”, the little printed brochure walks through who picks the restaurant, who pays and how to ask for a dance. Mom Susan says the hardest part of writing the guide with her daughter was “keeping it focused on dating.” It’s cute, straightforward and sorely needed.

In a world where everyone texts for everything, it’s nice to see this 17-year-old say she actually wants to have a conversation with a boy and have someone take her out on a date. It lets parents rest a little more easily and not panic about “hookup culture” ruining kids’ lives. Still, it seems a little weird that this mother would think a discussion about dating shouldn’t include anything about sex (I assume that’s what she means by saying she wanted to focus on dating in the guide). It’s just part of life that sometimes you want to give your date to homecoming a kiss at the end of the night or even do more. Either way, it’s refreshing and shows that the conversation about dating doesn’t have to be a hard one and our kids are maybe a little more traditional than we thought.

What did you teach your kids about dating?

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