Single, female, and dating? We know you're getting a lot of advice. Don't sleep with him until the third date. Don't say yes to a date for Friday night after Wednesday. Don't say 'I love you' before he does. There are so many rules that can't be broken…or else. And the rules are constantly changing.
Maybe it's time to go Old School. We're going all the way back to the land of Cub Scouts, and Webelos. Back when the boys knew the laws and tried to live up to them. The Boy Scout Laws, that is. Have you ever considered using the official Boy Scout Laws as a guide to find a good man? It may seem old-fashioned at first glance, but the next time you're on a first date, remember a couple of these rules and see if you can't find a good "Scout."
The Boy Scout Laws
Law #1: A Scout is Trustworthy.
A Scout tells the truth. He is honest, and he keeps his promises. When he says he'll call at 5pm on Tuesday, he calls. And if he doesn't call, you know that he's trapped under something heavy. Or he's beenin the Emergency Room waiting room where there's a no cell phone policy.
Law #2: A Scout is Loyal.
When you want to do something to payback a friend or co-worker who has done you wrong, a Scout's first and only response is always "who's car are we taking?" He doesn't waste your time trying to make you see the other person's point of view. He takes action immediately on your behalf. He understands that being true to his family, friends, co-workers …and of course, you…is his number one priority.
Law #3: A Scout is Helpful.
A Scout holds the door when you go in and out of buildings. He helps you in and out of the car. He goes out of the way to help total strangers who seem lost or helpless.
Law #4: A Scout is Friendly.
A Scout is a friend to all. He doesn't have to be the life of every party. In fact, it's probably better that he isn't -- friendly don't mean flirty. But he's always willing to have a conversation with the guy at the dry cleaner about their favorite sports team and he can remember the name of his waitress. He respects people.
Law #5: A Scout is Courteous.
A Scout is always polite. Even when he's reunited with his college gang, he still remembers to mind his Ps & Qs, and doesn't turn everything and everyone he knows into the butt of his joke just to get a laugh.
Law #6: A Scout is Kind.
A Scout knows there is strength in being gentle. Babies and puppies make him smile. He has kind things to say about his mom -- even when it isn't her birthday or Mother's Day. And he never makes you sleep in the wet spot.
Law #7: A Scout is Obedient.
A Scout follows the rules. This may be the only Boy Scout law that can't be bent (or broken.) If asked politely, your scout should be willing to get naughty all over you. But even then, he's following directions.
Law #8: A Scout is Cheerful.
Who doesn't want a man who makes you laugh? But it takes a real Scout to make you laugh when you're at worst. When everything in your world is completely out of control and there's no way out of a sticky situation just by telling you that no matter what happens you'll always have each other.
Law #9: A Scout is Thrifty.
A Scout knows the value of a dollar. No one gets points for being cheap, but a Scout knows that a woman works hard for her money. And he won't waste her time. He saves for the future and makes sure he can provide for his family.
Law #10: A Scout is Brave.
A Scout doesn't just kill the spiders. He's willing to stare them down and chase them into your pantry in order to trap them in Tupperware, and carry them outside the front door where he makes sure they are released back into the wild. That's the way a real Scout does it, so that he can rescue you from danger at the same time as he's not breaking Boy Scout Law #6. (See above.)
Law #11: A Scout is Clean.
Benjamin Franklin said cleanliness is a virtue. And there is no reason you should be dating a guy who lives in squalor surrounded by his buds, a bathroom science experiment, empty beer bottles and old pizza cartons. A Scout knows that taking pride in his cleanliness will develop his attention to detail, a work ethic, and self-confidence.
Law #12: A Scout is Reverent.
A Scout worships you. He doesn't mock you and your friends behind your back. And his higher power isn't a member of the LA Lakers starting line-up. Enough said.