Dating: Parenting Teenage Dating

Teenage Dating Avice For Todays Time.
The world of teenage dating has changed a lot in recent years, but for all of those changes there are still many things that have remained the same. This article is written for parents who are looking for advice on teenage dating, but teenagers will find there is a lot of good stuff in it for them as well. You, as a parent, may wish to read it first, and then give it to your teen. After you have both read it, you will be able to use it as the basis of a conversation.
The best time to start preparing for your teen’s dating is when they are toddlers. That idea may sound odd, but it makes sense when you think about it. The key is to make sure anything you discuss is appropriate for their age. You should also be aware of the lessons you are teaching your children. Remember, kids learn way more from what you do than from what you tell them.
What if you hadn’t thought about it then, and they are ready to date now? Don’t worry, there is still plenty of advice for teenage dating that can help them navigate through the choppy waters.
1. You need to trust them. It’s not easy to let your teenager start dating. After all, you are worried about what they are up to when you are not there to keep an eye them. Even worse, you remember all too vividly what you were like when you were a teenager, and you can’t imagine them doing some of the same things. However, if you have brought them up right, and they are generally honest, then you need to trust them to make good decisions.
2. Set limitations. Let’s face it, teens do not like rules. What you may not know is that they actually like them, but only when you disguise them as limitations. Growing up is confusing, and they want to test boundaries, but they also like having some direction as they go down the road of life. Set limitations on what’s acceptable and what isn’t. For example, if you don’t believe in sex until after marriage, then let them know how you feel and why. If you understand premarital sex may happen, then you need to set clear guidelines on the use of contraception. In both cases, you need to do your best to drive home the concept of responsibility.
3. Find out why they want to date. Chances are good that you are making assumptions about why your teenager wants to start dating. Maybe it’s because they need a release for all of those pent-up hormones, or maybe they just think it’s what they should be doing. Of course, it’s entirely possible that they have strong feelings for somebody that they consider special.
When your children grow up to become teenagers, there are a few things to look out for, especially because teenagers dating is going to become a reality. Some of these things include the fact that your teenager’s dating shouldn’t be a serious relationship, supervised group dates, keeping the door open, not being too strict, and talking to your teen about dating.
One thing to keep in mind with teenagers dating is that the relationship your teen has with another person shouldn’t be serious. This is because they are minors. When things start getting serious, then things start happening that should only be happening with people of legal age – namely alcohol, drugs and sex. This is why it is important to monitor your teen. You can know where your teen is at through some global positioning satellite apps available for download on each of your phones. That way when you call them, you will be able to tell if they are telling you the truth.
Supervised group dates are a good option, especially if your teen insists on going out with friends. It is important that they follow the rules if they are to go out. Having one or two parents available and present while four or five teens go to the movies or to bowling night is a great idea, especially if the activity is happening at night. Remember your teen is a minor, and without adult supervision, that is still a minor traveling about the city.
Always remember to have your teen keep the door open when his date is in his room. If your teen tries to claim “That’s not fair!”, then you can remind them that not only is it your house, but you let him bring your date over as a guest. So it is only fair and right that he keeps the door open. Not only that, but also because you are the parent and what you say goes!
Don’t be too strict or oppressive on your teen. If you see your teen seething with anger day in and day out every time they pass you in the house, then something is wrong. Talk to your teen and find out what is wrong. Assure them that you love them, you are their parents, are here to protect them, and that they can talk to you about anything. Do some activities together to encourage discussion about dating and over time your teen will be more open about your teenage dating policies.