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You Will Need
- A list of your achievements
- The ability to compromise
Prove how responsible you are
Make a list of all the ways you've proven to be responsible, like maintaining good grades, having a part-time job, always meeting your curfew, or never being late without calling.
Suggest a group date
Ask if you can go on a double or group date with friends of yours that your parents know. That might be less scary to them that picturing you alone with someone.
Introduce them to your crush
Have your parents meet the person you want to date – unless, of course, that person is going to make them even more nervous!
Work out a compromise. If they're worried about you getting into a car driven by another teen, suggest they drop you off and pick you up.
Suggest an afternoon date
If there's no way they'll let you go on a "real" date at night, ask if you can at least go someplace alone with your crush in the afternoon, like to a bowling alley or the movies.
Offer a deal
Still no dice? Ask what you can do to prove yourself responsible enough to go out on a date. Then do it. Perhaps if you bring your grades up or complete your chores without being asked – or even just start being nice to your younger siblings – your parents will see you as someone who is mature enough to start dating.