Start talking casually about what constitutes a healthy relationship to build the framework they’ll use when they’re reading to start dating.
High school relationships can be complicated, but with these tips on high school dating, you will know what to expect so you can keep your relationship going.
You may be surprised to hear dating labels like “boyfriend,” “girlfriend,” and “together” from the lips of your sixth-grader.
If your child’s grades are dropping or they aren’t spending much time with friends anymore, consider limiting how much time is being spent with that special someone. It can be a difficult conversation for everyone involved, but it’s critical to be honest and clear about the facts.
With first relationships come first breakups, and those can be painful.
Take note of how your child reacts when you discuss dating.
It could be a little uncomfortable or embarrassing, but if your child is unable to even discuss it with you without getting defensive or upset, take that as a sign that they probably aren’t ready. Be aware that for many tweens and young teenagers, dating amounts to socializing in a group. It’s important to consider your child as an individual.
While there may be interest between two in particular, it’s not double-dating so much as a group heading out or meeting up at the movies or the mall. Consider their emotional maturity and sense of responsibility.
This kind of group stuff is a safe and healthy way to interact with members of the opposite sex without the awkwardness that a one-on-one scenario can bring. For many kids, 16 seems to be an appropriate age, but it may be entirely suitable for a mature 15-year-old to go on a date, or to make your immature 16-year-old wait a year or two.
In high school, strong romantic attachments can be formed and things can get serious, fast.
When your child mentions dating, or a girlfriend or boyfriend, try to get an idea of what those concepts mean to them.
It’s important to acknowledge how your child is feeling without trying to pull them out of sadness.