Parent advice teenagers dating

How many times have you heard someone say, “She’s such a flirt” or “He’s going to be a real ladies' man” about a baby?Or tease a young child by saying, “Is he your boyfriend?Any parent of a teenager knows how challenging it can be when a teen becomes interested in dating.

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Studies show that the earlier teens start dating and having relationships, the sooner sexual activity takes place.

As parents, we all want our teens to have good early relationships, so we should discuss what constitutes a healthy relationship before they begin dating.

We can help them to expect good communication, respect, trust, fairness, honesty and equality.

Notice what "dating" seems to mean to your child and then talk about it.

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.

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