Explain that a healthy relationship comes from respect, mutual understanding, trust, honesty, communication, and support.
As we near the end of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, we want to remind parents how important it is to do their part to help prevent teen dating violence and promote healthy relationships.
If you are a parent to a blossoming teen, consider discussing these crucial aspects of relationships with your child before he or she enters into a relationship: Be sure to teach your teen about the foundations of a healthy relationship.
Tell your teen you can drop off or pick up him or her, lend a compassionate and supportive ear when necessary, or help acquire birth control if that fits with your parenting and personal philosophies.
However you intend to support your teen, make sure he or she knows that you are available.
A good partner will accept you as you are, support your personal choices, and praise you for your achievements.
A healthy relationship also allows both partners to maintain outside interests and friendships, and does not hinder the personal freedom of either partner.
On its website, the Mayo Clinic suggests turning the topic into a discussion rather than a presentation.
Be sure to get your teen’s point of view and let your teen hear all sides from you. Talk about questions of ethics, values, and responsibilities associated with personal or religious beliefs.
When you open the discussion with your teen about relationships and sexuality, consider using gender-inclusive language that remains neutral to sexual orientation.