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Absolutely not. Your daughter’s relationship with her boyfriend isn’t your business, no matter how much you love her. Furthermore, your daughter’s boyfriend is only half of this couple. Why are HIS intentions the one you’re most concerned about? If you were going to butt into their business, wouldn’t it make more sense to find out what HER intentions are since she’s the one you’re related to? Or are you so “traditional” that you think a woman’s intentions either don’t matter or are always the same (Wedding! Marriage! Babieeees!”)? They aren’t. And it could just as easily be your daughter delaying an engagement as it is her boyfriend (even if you say she wants to get engaged, it doesn’t mean she wants it this second).
One more thing: while you’re concerned about your feelings for her boyfriend being clouded, I can assure you that if you start meddling in their relationship, it will be their feelings for you that will be clouded. Mind your own business and be grateful that all six of your children are seemingly doing well. Every parent should be so lucky.
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