Dating tips for high school teens
Parents may joke that it’s an experience they want their child to have -- just not until somewhere around the age of 30. A 6th grade girl may say, "Jacob is my boyfriend," but what does that mean?
Seriously, though, when is your child ready to date? "At this age, kids use dating labels but aren’t ready to have much direct one-on-one interaction beyond maybe sitting together at lunch or recess," says Dale Atkins, Ph D, a family therapist in New York.
Our children know way more about sex these days than we ever did (thanks internet! However, this doesn’t mean that parents are off the hook for having that uncomfortable talk about sex.
I recommend that instead of saying “Do not have sex!
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.
Pay attention to how they respond when you start a conversation about dating.
“Of course it will probably be uncomfortable for both of you,” Anthony says.
“But if he’s so uncomfortable that he gets angry or shuts down or otherwise just can’t continue the conversation, that’s a big sign that he’s not ready for this.” If so, assure your child that there’s no hurry to start dating.
It’s important from a young age that we teach our children the value of their own bodies.
You can’t control their every move, but you can teach them the foundations of respectful behavior.
If you’re new to this teen dating thing, here’s some helpful advice.
Everyone is figuring out who they are in the world.
Be respectful to all in order to earn respect back.