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Dear Dish-It: What's A Real Date Like?

Dear Dish-it,

I have never been on a date and I was wondering what a REAL date was like. I have only seen or heard of TV ones. What is a date actually like?

hippie girl

Dear hippie girl,

Even though Hollywood (meaning TV shows and movies) tends to make reality seem better than it really is (you know, with candles and roses and romance), some of the dates you’ve probably seen on your fave TV shows or in books you’ve read are likely close to what some “real dates” kids your age might be going on are like.

The truth is, a date is what you (and the person you’re dating) make it. If you wanna make it formal, then you might go to a restaurant for dinner or to the theatre to a watch a movie or a show. Many dates are a lot more casual than that, though, especially when you’re a kid and need to rely on your mom or dad – or the bus – to get to where you’re going. A casual date could be meeting up at the park or a local hangout for a slice of pizza or, if your parents are cool with it, chilling at your house or your date’s place and watching a DVD or playing video games.

Another dating option that’s a little more casual (and takes a lot more of the pressure off) is doing something in a group. You may go to an event together that you know your friends will be at, like a school dance or a basketball game. The reality is, most kids in elementary or middle school aren’t likely to go on a date just the two of them; if they do, I’m guessing their parents will want to come along!

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Clarkguild
Dear Dish-it, Sorry to be a burden, but I need some advice. About a year ago, I decided I didn't want to live with my mom and decided to move in with my dad. After my mom found out, she told me "You are no longer my child, go drop dead and rot in hell for all I care." My siblings, especially my twin, began to threaten me and my father's lives if we were to ever step foot near them again. A year later, my dad and I get in massive fights about everything I do wrong and he never seems to try and see my point of view. He often gets ##### and compares me to my mother and his previous exes. I feel lost on what to do. I feel so alone and so...hurt. Do you have any advice? I know it's pathetic of me to rant on here, but I'm clueless and on the verge of snapping.
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heckinmemes
have you tried punching her and your dad
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LUCYQWERTY123
hey there!! well i suggest u to answer back cause i think he missed u cause he hasnt see u for a year and i know he is estranged but if u answer back maybe he wont be strange so yeah :D :D :D
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MysticalC
My dad and I are kind of estranged, we haven't spoken in a year. So my mom decides it would be a good idea to let him message me. He texted me while I was at school and now I have no idea what to do. All he said was 'Hi _, how is school?'. Do I reply? Do I not? If I do, what do I say? My mom and grandparents are no help, they just cracked jokes about it. KidzWorld has helped me with a hell lot of things, I better not be let down this time.
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jordand08
Just act like you were introducing him as one of your friends. Be yourself, wear stuff that’s comfortable. It’s okay to be nervous because everyone will be. Just hang out and have fun.
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