Resist the urge to think, “NOT my kid!” and instead please think, “MAYBE my kid!” as you read.
At its core, sexuality is something that is private, and constantly getting messages about what “should” be important makes it confusing to try to figure out what truly matters to your teen in a relationship.
Your teen will learn about sexuality, teen dating, love, sexual decision making, healthy relationships, and a ton of other good stuff.
Do ask what the child needs or would like your help with. Too often well-intended advocates take action that the child isn’t ready to manage. Remember, it’s all about them. Your role as a supportive adult is to listen and provide help…even if that means simply giving them a hug or finding appropriate resources for them.
Dating Smarts for Parents — Whose Values Count When it Comes to Teens and Dating? As much as we would all like to be there at every step, when our children become teenagers they are granted more freedom. Teens dating is a big part of gaining independence whether you are ready for it or not! […]