Please don't take this as an insult, but you and all of your friends are complete idiots.
Still, I want to be fair and open-minded about this issue, so I propose this compromise: You may come to the door with your underwear showing and your pants ten sizes too big, and I will not object.
As soon as he forgets, he’s searching for the next new and cute lady within in reach. I promise you will be a pro at weeding out the jerks, in no time.
Therefore, your date should be looking for any moment available to assert himself (be a man.) At the very least, it is a nice gesture. Also, having him to decide where to go and what to do, enables you to see how romantic, spontaneous, or creative he can be. The more you turn them down and make them feel inferior, the more they want you and respect you. Of course, I’m not saying you should literally treat him like an ugly step child, but I do suggest treating him like he‘s expendable.
It keeps him vested in the relationship, rather than just going along with the relationship. If you want the upper hand in the dating field, this is how you do that.
"Most of the activity happens in a pack, and communication takes place between friend groups." By 8th grade, dating probably means talking on the phone and hanging out, usually in groups.
By high school, kids are more likely to develop serious romantic attachments.
Parents may joke that it’s an experience they want their child to have -- just not until somewhere around the age of 30. A 6th grade girl may say, "Jacob is my boyfriend," but what does that mean?