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Dear Dish-It: I Want a Boyfriend in 2012

Dear Dish-It,

I’m turning 16 this year and I’ve never had a boyfriend, but all of my friends have. How do I get one in 2012?


Dear Hopeful2012,

The first thing I’d say to you is, take some time to make sure you want a boyfriend for the right reasons. If you’re feeling left out because all of your friends are dating, that may not be the best reason for joining the relationship scene. If you’re not feeling ready for a boyfriend, you may want to wait a few years until you’re sure you can handle everything that a relationship requires.

Making the First Move

If you have a crush in mind, or have your eye on a couple of interesting guys, you may not want to wait for them to make the first move – especially if your goal is to snag a boyfriend in 2012. There’s no reason why girls can’t ask guys out – this isn’t 1812, after all! Just be yourself, be sure to smile and make eye contact, talk about stuff you have in common – and then, when you feel comfortable, ask if your crush would like to go out some time!

Open Yourself Up

You may be rejecting potential boyfriends and not even knowing it if your attitude isn’t right (that’s why, like I said, it’s so important to make sure you are ready for a relationship, and not just wanting one because your friends are dating). Sometimes, doing something as simple as making an internal pledge to open your heart to love can open up new doors in dating. When you radiate a positive attitude, people (guys) can sense it.

Have Your Say

Has this ever happened to you? Got any good advice for Hopeful2012? Leave your comment below!

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Dear Dish-It In The Forums

-Oracle- posted in Friends:
"I'm finally learning to walk away from the people and situations that threaten my happiness, peace of mind, self respect and self worth." Most kids at my school pretend to be someone they're not purely to conform with their peers. [s] [c] [r] [e] [w] conformity. 
reply about 2 hours
Write an anonymous note. And tell him to put it somewhere that only you can get it back to see what he says.
reply about 9 hours
hey, i got a question, how would you get over a major mess-up, then try to act attractive, so you would still have a chance at maybe making a relationship with your crush.
reply about 10 hours
Ok, so how would you tell a crush you like them without them knowing it's you?
reply about 14 hours
drowning posted in Friends:
I've been there when I was still in school. I don't personally have many friends now that I'm graduated, but that's more because the people here aren't worth being friends with. Off topic, my bad- Anyways, just try being a nice person. Sit with the other kid that's alone during lunch, find someone who needs someone to talk too, be open. I realize this can be difficult to do if you're shy, believe me, I've been there as well. Just remember that you need to stay yourself. I've lost friends because they turned out to be someone totally different than how they made themselves out to be. It's not worth it to pretend you're someone else. If it doesn't happen naturally after a little while, then you just have to keep in mind that it's your turn to put yourself out there. Remember that, "hey, I put myself out there and I made a friend, that's pretty cool." But, also remember that, "hey, I put myself out there and I didn't make a friend, that's pretty okay too." If you put yourself out there and someone doesn't accept it, then that's okay. It just means they weren't meant to be your friend and someone else will come along much better for you.
reply about 19 hours