Recently, a little boy at church asked my five-year old, Lizzie, to "be his girlfriend." She asked me and I told her that he had to ask her father (knowing quite well what his answer would be). He took her hand and walked her over to Shane and asked permission to "go out with her." Shane, of course, lovingly told this young 5 year old boy that she was too young, but he had permission to be her friend.
A few weeks later, word was "out on the street" that this little boy was terrified of my husband and would never ask Lizie out again.
So, Lizzie and I were talking the other day about it. She asked if she could be his girlfriend when they were older. I told her we would just have to wait and see what kind of a Godly man he became. My older daughter, encourager that she is :), said that he said he would NEVER ask her out again, EVER! I asked Lizzie if that hurt her feelings, and she said, "No, if he doesn't, I'll just beat him up!"
Maybe it's time to read "Beautiful Girlhood?" :)