Is Your Teen Ready To Date?

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When it comes to your teen, many parents will wonder where did the time go?

How did we reach this point? Times are certainly different now. Dating is not what it used to be. No more phone calls from a boy asking for a date, and waiting for him to come by the house to pick you up, and meet your parents. It’s much different when your child becomes a teen.

Often my dad would scrutinize him and watch him flinch. Kids nowadays are pairing off between the ages of 12 and 14. They have much more serious relationships reserved for later teen years. Parents worry about them experimenting with sex. Be able to talk with your teens. Explain to them what your concerns are, sex, drinking, or relationships. Let them know what your hopes and expectations are for their future.

Encourage your teen to allow you to meet their friends. When parents are working, the hours between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM are prime trouble time. Tami Beck, a mother of two in Shawnee, Kansas, remembers when a boy came to pick up her 15-year old daughter, and called from the driveway.

“He pulls in and gets on his cell phone and says I’m here” Beck recalls. I said to my daughter, Tell him he needs to come in. Your parents want to meet him.” Always be sure you have the cell phone numbers of your child’s teen friends.