Ultimatums not a good relationship tool

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January 9, 2019 - 9:34 AM

Dear Carolyn: My boyfriend and I are both 19, and we’ll be having our five-year anniversary this summer. We’ve dated long-distance the entire time. To celebrate this milestone, we are going on an overnight trip.

My parents strongly disapprove of this. I told them about the trip immediately after I booked it and have been honest throughout the process, but this seems to cross a line for them. They’ve always been very protective of me and my sisters, but I don’t know why this in particular is so hard, because I’ve traveled on my own internationally and my boyfriend stayed with me for a weekend at college.

I feel my boyfriend and I have proven ourselves to be in a mature and healthy relationship, but my parents still don’t like that I’m dating someone on principle.

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