Parents, others on front lines as teen dating violence continues to rise

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  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    March 2, 2013 7:02 p.m.

    Generally not a good idea to let teens be in exclusive dating relationships for one thing.

    But getting a good mate is much like fishing. The ocean is big and there are plenty of fish in it to get a good catch. One doesn't need to keep the first fish that bites the hook. Sometimes in the LDS ward, neighborhood or high school there might be a fish worth catching. But these are generally pretty small ponds. I would advise all teens to venture beyond their own pond and see what is out there and again this is best avoided by trying to fish for "the one" in the first place at a way too early age. And any boyfriend that hits, punches, verbally tears you down, sends illicit photographs, degrades you in any way in any form is a CARP and needs to be thrown back post haste. There are plenty of good fish that won't do these things. Yes, carp look big and bold but upon closer examination aren't a great catch. Finally, don't try to change the carp or psychoanalyze why the carp is the way it is. Throw it back!