When your teen starts dating, it can be exciting and a little scary.
You may be happy to see your child begin to form meaningful bonds.
But it’s natural to worry that adolescents will try to grow up too fast or might not understand what they’re getting into.
That’s because struggling in school can lower kids’ self-esteem.
Difficulties with self-control, social skills and other common challenges can make adolescents more inclined to make poor choices.
Some teens with learning and attention issues are so eager to fit in that they tolerate treatment they shouldn’t.
Or they may do something—like sexting—without considering how it may hurt themselves or others.
Kids with learning and attention issues benefit from explicit instruction.
Don’t assume that if you hint at something, your child will catch the whole meaning.
The clearer and more concrete your rules are, the more likely it is that your teen will understand and abide by them. But your child will appreciate your honesty much more than your evasive statements.
He may even respect you more because of these conversations.
A great approach is to sit down with your child and work together to develop a set of dating rules.
This shows you value his input, which can help keep the lines of communication open so that your child feels comfortable turning to you when dating questions or concerns arise.
The process of coming up with the rules can also help your child understand your concerns.