What type of manners should we teach our daughters to expect from a prospective husband?
I recently talked with a friend about rearing girls. She has a married daughter who is in her twenties so she has already traveled the path I am on with our daughters.
My friend’s husband has always opened the car door (or any other door, for that matter) for his wife. As their daughter began dating, he taught her to expect the young man to open the car door for her when he came to pick her up. If he didn’t, she was to turn around and come back to the house. When the boy questioned her, she was to let him know that she wasn’t able to go out with him.
While that may seem somewhat extreme in our current culture, I thought it was an interesting idea. My friend said that there was one young man who failed to open the car door and her daughter did exactly as her father had instructed. For the most part, though, the young men she dated had the courtesy to open her door.
Is this a concept we will use with our daughters? Perhaps; but whether we do or not, I want to teach our daughters to recognize and regard a young man who will treat them with respect.