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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?

Hopeful2012

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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drowning posted in Style:
  "imtcutiie" wrote: DONT DO IT JUST PLEASE #### #### #### ......... CHANGING EYE COLOR  JUST WRONG   Changing eye color isn't wrong. :^) But, you can't simply change it with "spells" or videos. To change your eye color, you will need to either wear contacts during the day to appear that you have different colored eyes than you truly have, or medically having a doctor perform surgical iris correction.
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drowning posted in Family Issues:
I hope you texted back if you felt that it would be the right thing to do for yourself. I did not have a good childhood due to my birthmother and father. But, in recent time, I have come to enjoy talking to my birthfather and completely cannot stand my birthmother or her new husband anymore. I plan to actually meet him for the first time in 16 years if I can join my fiancé's family vacation.  Point of the matter, do what you feel is right. If you want to talk to him; talk to him. If you don't, don't reply if you don't feel comfortable too. It is purely your choice who you allow in your life, even when it comes down to blood and family.
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drowning posted in Family Issues:
It isn't pathetic in the slightest to seek help. I don't think it is right for your mother and siblings to completely disown you over your choice of living arrangements. If they have pushed you away, remember that it is not your fault and it is purely theirs. You made a choice that you felt would benefit you, and judging from their behavior, it was a good choice. As for your father, I don't fight with my own very much, but when I do it tends to be pretty bad. My mother on the other hand, I fight with constantly so I understand where you're coming from. You shouldn't have to do anything. From the sound of it, it seems more like a personal issue going on with himself, especially a sense of shame or regret with his previous exes so he uses you as an outlet because you're the closest thing he has.  I say find an outlet, a healthy one. Sometimes it is best to let them ramble on until they wear themselves out, but remember that self-defense and "talking back" is not always a bad thing just because they are your guardian. It is important to take a stand for yourself. Be respectful, don't sink to their level.
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drowning posted in Family Issues:
I think it is very important to find a healthy outlet and someone to talk to whether it's a doctor, friend, family member, ect. You can even find a journal to write in, if it will help you. I promise you, it isn't worth it to let families opinions and views affect you. I let the same thing happen to me and I still struggle over things that I wish I didn't.
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drowning posted in Friends:
Personally, given your age, the idea of a crush is a bit cute, but you're a little young for anything serious. I would recommend waiting until you truly know what you're doing. (And, believe me, you may not see it now, but you will when you're older.) But, if you really do want to find out, you need to remember that boys and girls both feel things. Boys aren't aliens, they aren't emotionless, and they aren't always just  dumbieheads.  You'll find it funny later on in life from how nervous you had gotten over a crush So honestly, just be straight forward. If you need a topic starter to bring it up, joke about old rumors that used to spread about you both.
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