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Understanding Your Teen
Ah, dating. It’s a
part of every teen’s life. It’s also a source of stress for most
parents when their child reaches this pivotal point. It doesn’t have
to be stressful. Here are a few tips to help you keep the fear at
bay when your teenager starts dating.
Age: More than a Number
Just because it seems like everyone other parent on the planet is
letting their teen date, doesn’t mean you have to. Especially if
your teen isn’t ready. Keep an eye out for signs that your teen is
really ready to date. Dating shouldn’t be based on age alone. Take
into consideration maturity and not just physical maturity.
Emotional and mental maturities are more important when your teen
Keep the lines of communication open. Talk to your teen and be
honest about your feelings. Listen to their feelings as well. You
might be surprised to find that they are just as scared as you are.
Also, don’t immediately go off the deep end the first time you hear
the phrase “Check her out!” or “He’s hot!” Be there for your teen
when they experience the good and the bad of their dating
If you are uncomfortable letting your teen go on a one on one date,
try letting them go with a group the first few of times. Even if the
group is split up in pairs, it still allows your teen to feel like
he/she fits in, but you’ll have the safety of knowing that it’s not
just your teen against one other if something were to go wrong.
Public places, such as bowling alleys or miniature golf courses are
a great option for group dates.
Respect all Around
Teach your teen to respect the opposite sex long before they begin
dating. Remember, they can’t respect someone else before they
respect themselves. Make sure your teen truly respects him/her
before allowing them to date.
Set rules before your teen begins dating and stick with them. The
days of courting and getting permission may be gone, but that
doesn’t mean you don’t have to know who your teen is with, where
they are going, how they are getting there, and when they’ll be
home. Set a curfew that you feel comfortable with and keep in mind
any laws in your area when doing so. Just because your town’s curfew
may be midnight, doesn’t mean your teen should stay out that late if
you aren’t comfortable with it. However, an 8 o’clock curfew won’t
go over well at all and will likely lead to rebellion from your teen
at some point. Find a happy medium that you are both comfortable
Need More Help?
Here are two
guides to help you reconnect with your teen, so you can help them
with the rocky road of being a teenager.
Guidance to Understanding Your Teen shows you how to accept what
you can and cannot control in your teen's life, how to cope with
mood swings, keeping the lines of communication open and more.
Real Life Guidance to Helping Your Teen in High School includes
practical suggestions to help your child find his/her identity,
handle peer pressure, dating and all the other many other challenges
of high school.
Grab them both to
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