Teenagers and maturity about dating
When you’ve made a decision, be clear with your child about your expectations.
Explain if and how you want your child to check in with you while they’re out, what you consider acceptable and appropriate behavior, and curfew. We may use terms like “puppy love” and “crush” to describe teenage romances, but it’s very real to them.
Start talking casually about what constitutes a healthy relationship to build the framework they’ll use when they’re reading to start dating.
Physical growth (particularly in males) and cognitive development can extend into the early twenties.
Don’t let your child learn about dating from their friends or the media.
You can also consider what other parents are doing.
Are lots of kids the same as yours already dating in the true sense of the word?
Being a parent means committing to guide your child through many complicated and difficult stages of life.
You go from changing their diapers, to teaching them how to tie their shoes, to eventually helping them understand dating and love.
It’s important to acknowledge how your child is feeling without trying to pull them out of sadness.