Rules for dating for teenagers
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.
We’ve raised them to seek their identity in the things that matter and not in the superficial, so they are somewhat intimidating to young men. But sooner or later a boy of equal substance was going to show up, and now he has. They both have busy schedules, but if they aren’t learning or working, they are in our home.
They love to cook together in our kitchen and try out new recipes.
There are also things you can do to make dating easier for both of you.
Talk to your teen about what a good relationship is.
As a parent, stay on top of the feelings and things being discussed.
Most of their information comes from media that’s meant to be entertaining, not realistic.
I escaped it for 17 years of parenthood, but the odds were always stacked against me.
I have two beautiful and intelligent daughters, and eventually a boy smart enough to see it was going to come calling. My daughter and her boyfriend spend almost every free moment they have in our house.
"A 12-year-old who looks 16 isn’t ready to date someone who is 16," Anthony says.
You may not love the idea of your child beginning to date, but don't try to pretend it’s not happening.