Misplaced Worry

Most parents worry about their children. Mothers, especially, worry about their daughters and this just gets worse as their daughters reach puberty and begin dating.

This worry is a part of parenting and dealing with the expressions of those concerns part of being a child, especially a daughter. It’s just a normal part of family life and the alternatives are far worse.

Sometimes though, especially in this age of working mothers, the parental worry is misplaced. A case in point:

The mother of a 17-year-old girl was concerned that her daughter was having sex.

Worried the girl might become pregnant and damage her future, she consulted the family doctor. The doctor told her that teenagers today were very willful and any attempt to stop the girl would probably result in rebellion. He then told her to arrange for her daughter to be put on birth control and until then, talk to her and give her a box of condoms.

Later that evening, as her daughter was preparing for a date, the woman told her about the situation and handed her a box of condoms.

The girl burst out laughing and reached over to hug her mother saying, β€œOh Mom! You don’t have to worry about that! I’m dating Susan!”

Well, at least the girl won’t come home pregnant! πŸ˜† And really, is this so very, very bad?

Susan, Shoshana, and Suzi?

Of course, if the mother was hoping for grandchildren, there might be a problem but there are plenty of ways around that these days.

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4 Responses to “Misplaced Worry”

  1. Natassia Says:

    You are such a libertine.

  2. jonolan Says:

    You would certainly call me such, and most likely worse, Natassia, given my lifestyle. Sadly for me though, the reality falls short of people’s expectations.

  3. Rev. Jake Says:

    There are indeed far worse things than your daughter being a lesbian. Zero risk of unplanned pregnancy, lower rate of contracting STDs compared to heterosexuals, no hormone-addled high school boys dating her, and at risk of invoking stereotype, a much better chance that she wants to watch the football game with her Dad. It’s a father’s dream.

    Anyway, this reminded me of the consumerist article about more over-hyped parental worries that get precedence over the stuff that is really a danger. http://con.st/10010936

  4. jonolan Says:

    The lower reported STD rate is only true if she’s an actual lesbian; bisexual women reported the highest rates of any orientation (2.3%-6.9% for homosexual women, 8.7%-10.0% for heterosexual women, and 11.2%-17.2% for bisexual women)

    You’re probably right about the football though πŸ˜‰

    Odd though, that you would make such an innocuous comment here; it’s quite doubtful that there can be anything significant except rancor between our overall views.

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