Parents tips for teen dating
There are also things you can do to make dating easier for both of you.
"Parents can be so uncomfortable with the idea of their kid becoming more grown up -- we wish our kids could stay kids," Atkins says.Michelle Anthony, Ph D, a developmental psychologist and learning therapist in Denver, suggests an opening line like: “It sounds like a lot of kids are talking about dating now. ” If you can't tell what dating means to your kid, try discussing dating as shown on TV shows or in movies that are age-appropriate.For instance, Atkins suggests asking your child why they think someone acted the way they did, and whether they made a good or healthy choice. It's your job, as their parent, to figure out if your child is ready to handle the level of dating they have in mind.Once your child starts dating, don’t stop talking to them about relationships.
Dating doesn’t always go as you expect; your child may need someone to come to if they have a problem.
Only intervene if you think the relationship is dangerous for your child.