Middle school dating advice for parents

My young teen boys are perfectly happy having their “girlfriend” come over to the house and have dinner with the family and then watch movies or play games in the family room with the entire family. Except that in this instance, I have seen time and time again parents who refuse to allow their kids to date and kids who lie, sneak around and do it anyway. One of my sons briefly had a girlfriend that was always angry at him for something.

Maybe you think your kids won’t lie to you, or disobey you, or sneak around and doing things behind your back, but I have been parenting long enough to know that they will. He never quite seemed to understand what he was doing wrong.

One-on-one activities in dating are more appropriate for older teens.

Rules Depending on the age and maturity of a teen, parents need to decide what guidelines they will set in place for their teen in regards to dating.

Although it is often perceived that ‘young love’ is innocent and inconsequential, this is not the case.

We will not allow her to have a boyfriend until she is 16.

The numbers are staggering, and, yet, it seems that no one is talking about it.

Of those in an abusive relationship, studies indicate only 33% of teens ever told an adult about the abuse.

Risks As most adults already know, many teen relationships end up in heartache.

Experiencing a broken heart is hard at any age, and every person reacts differently.