While in the car with the kids and Dancer’s youngest we were listening to the radio. It was set to a channel with today’s top music.
The lyrics of one song struck me. It basically was about relationships, advising to “Just go with it,” and “To see where it goes.”
This is popular relationship advice aimed at young women today, but for the most part it’s really bad advice. Just like hookup culture, casual sex, and no strings attached are bad advice.
Women who get involved in undefined or poorly defined sexual relationships hoping they will “maybe” go somewhere or turn into something are setting themselves up for repeated and needless pain.
It opened the door to a teachable moment about valuing oneself. About a really good talk about how girls they knew or saw taking this route were not having success but rather multiple failures.
I encouraged the girls to take the path less travelled. While other girls are dating young and getting all wrapped up in boys, they could instead invest all that energy in themselves, in learning life skills, in preparing themselves for their future forever guy and for a happy, stable life.
Multiple rejections, heartbreaks, and bad experiences do the opposite. One only needs to look around in real life to see many examples of that. Painting it as “normal” teenage rights of passage has lead to a lot of destruction. As has the common, “just go with it” advice.
I hope a seed was planted. I wish someone had told me these things at their age.
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