Like me most parents have some fears of the day their child will start dating. This truly a sign that they’re growing up and this phase is normal to developing teenage. Technology has changed teen dating tremendously this is why many parents aren’t sure how to establish rules and keep their children safe from the wild world of online dating.
It’s completely normal for teenagers to want to date
For some teens the dating phase comes earlier than others, romantic interests are normal while you children are still teenagers. When this time comes you will have to step up and have that awkward conversation that most parents dread having.
Teenagers needs relationship skill
Technology plays a big part in the unrealistic ideas about dating you teen might have. Teenagers spend a lot of time texting and posting to potential love interests on social media. While some, may fine that can makes dating easier because it may be easier to get to know one another better online first but for shy teens, meeting in person can be much more difficult.
Talk to your teens so they can be better prepared
Talking to you teens will help them discover the own values, personally. Help them to understand things like treating someone else with respect and also give them your values about sexual activity so that they can make wiser decisions.
When you teen goes on the first date, make sure you take time to talk about how to behave when meeting a date’s parents or how to show respect while you’re on a date. Make sure your teen knows to show respect by not texting friends throughout the date and talk about what to do if a date behaves disrespectfully.
Parents, you need to remember you child need some type of privacy. At this phase in your child life it might be harder to give them space, your teen’s maturity level, and the specific situation will help you decide how much
supervision your teen needs. Having an eyes-on policy might be necessary and healthy in some circumstances. Make sure you offer your teen at least a little bit of privacy.
Getting wrapped up in your teenagers dating life may be an unhealthy situation but there will be times when you may have to intervene. You will need to give you teenagers some relationship advice for them to have successful relationships in future.
Set safety rules
As parents, our job is to keep our child safe and to help them learn the skills they needs to enter into healthy relationships. As your teenagers matures, they require fewer dating rules. But rules should be based on behavior, not necessarily age.
Tweens and younger teens will need more rules as they likely aren’t able to handle the responsibilities of a romantic relationship.
Here are some general safety rules you might want to establish for your child:
1.Get to know anyone your teen wants to date. Always start by meeting their date at your home a few times for dinner before allowing your teen to go out on a date alone.
2.Create clear guidelines about online romance. Online dating can be very dangerous. Many teenagers today talk to individuals online and establish a false sense of intimacy and they’re more likely to meet people they’ve chatted with for a date because they don’t view them as strangers. make sure to create clear rules about online dating and stay up to date on any apps your teenagers might be tempted to use.
Talk about technology dangers. Sometimes, teenagers will be tempted to act accordingly with a date’s request to send nude photos. Unfortunately, with fast technology and socail media these photos can become public very quickly and unsuspecting teens can have their reputations ruined quickly. Establish clear cellphone rules that will help your teen make good decisions.
Know your teen’s itinerary. Make sure you have a detailed plan or route of a journey for your teen’s date. Insist your teen contact you if the plan changes.
Know who is at home at the other person’s house. If your child is going to a date’s home, find out who will be home. Make sure that you talk to the date’s parents on their rule about their teenager dating.