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    Dear Miss Pearl: Shall We Dance?

    Dear Miss Pearl
    Miss Pearl, a well-loved member of the Muscatine Community, has many years of experience helping others through challenging times. She looks forward to helping you solve all of life's problems, large and small.

    Muscatine Living

    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,

    Miss Pearl

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