Dating is the time to learn about the person inside, to discuss likes and dislikes, goals and aspirations.It is about looking into each other's eyes and holding hands.
All of this is a sort of practice session in order to find “Mr.” or “Miss Right.” Unfortunately, too often teens start dating with no preparatory talks from their parents and then they can get into trouble. You hope they will wait to have sex, but if they don’t, it’s best that they protect themselves.For many, raising a teenager is the most intimidating chapter of parenthood.Discipline becomes increasingly difficult and may feel impossible to maintain.It’s a struggle to know what to say, when to say it, and how to say it.These conversations and decisions only become more challenging when the time comes for your teen to start dating.
But it can also be a confusing time and a difficult time for parents too. Gail Saltz, a psychiatrist with New York Presbyterian Hospital, has some advice. Your relationship with your partner is a model for how your teen will behave with others. Being manipulated, verbally put down, pushed or slapped and kept isolated from other relationships are all signs of an abusive relationship. Tell them they need to be honest and clear in communications. Make them think seriously about what sexual intimacy really means to them.