Besides biology, bring up some of the risks and moral considerations.It’s much easier to talk when your kids become teens if you began the dialogue years earlier. Meredith collects data to deliver the best content, services, and personalized digital ads.
It may be hard to see your child growing up and finding new people to get close to, but if you take the right steps and teach them how relationships are supposed to be, they’re much more likely to make the right choices.
In my family, there’s an old saying that the teenagers will always come home safe and sound and on time from a date because they know daddy’s waiting on the front porch with a shotgun.
It is the big sign that they’re growing up and are entering adulthood.
But it’s important to remember that they do still need you now and this is a normal development phase of the teen years.
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You need to keep the lines of communication open and also reiterate to them how they should treat people and expect to be treated in a relationship.
When it comes time to meet your teen’s date, be kind and respectful.
Enforcing rigid gender stereotypes or engaging in harmful relations ourselves can set our kids up for relationship woes later on.
Talking about relationships once they reach school age is step two. ” Share your values, but be sure to ask your child what he thinks creates a healthy, loving relationship.
Lynn Ponton, University of California San Francisco professor of adolescent psychiatry and author of The Sex Lives of Teenagers and The Romance of Risk, and Nancy Brown, a developmental psychologist and education projects manager for Palo Alto Medical Foundation, both agree: Parents should set the stage for safe dating long before their child becomes a teen.