Dear Miss Pearl,
My daughter is heading to homecoming in a couple weeks, and a boy asked her to be his date. My husband says that she cannot date until she is a junior and will not back down. I disagree with him because it is a school event and they are going as a group. How do I not undermine my husband but still let my daughter have a good time?
-A Disagreeing Wife
Dear Disagreeing Wife,
Parenting is the hardest job there is, and when you pair that with marriage (being a close second) things can get sticky very quick. In all of my years, I have had these same conversations with Mr. Pearl, and we agreed that his dating rule would stand, with the exception of dances where they would be going as a group. Mr. Pearl, through long nights of bickering, generally sees things my way after I configure charts, make him a Power Point or two (he is a visual/factual kind of man) and tell him dozens of times that his baby girl is simply growing up. It is not an easy thing for a father to swallow.
Wishing you luck,