Benefits of dating as a teenager
It it’s real love and the beginnings of true partnership, it will last. Your teen needs to know there’s no good reason to rush into anything when they’re still in high school. That’s way more than your kid needs on their plate.They should be worrying about passing the next trig exam and finishing their group project for history class.Standing awkwardly next to one another at a school dance and maybe holding hands?Possibly a slow dance, one hand on shoulder, other hand on hip, plenty of daylight in between bodies? Don’t misunderstand us: we’re not so naïve as to think all middle schoolers are lily-white innocents, and you shouldn’t be, either.Statistics from a study on risky youth behavior published in 2015 by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) tell the story: We cite these numbers to make two key points.First, to acknowledge that some pre-teens are way past the “sex sounds gross” stage, and second, to suggest that the decline in early sexual activity seems to – we have no data for this – coincide with adult willingness to discuss sex and sexuality in an open, honest, and direct manner.Parents face a tough set of decisions when their teens reach dating age.We’re talking about actual romantic dating, not elementary and middle school crushes that are all sugar and no spice.
That way they won’t develop dysfunctional relationship habits early on.Back to the cute note: parents generally don’t get freaked out at that point, because we know it’s got no teeth – at least we hope so.By that we mean that most kids at that age don’t even know what they mean by the question actually entails.We’ll use information from Ten to Twenty Parenting as a guide once more.Not just because they’re marketing tag line is funny “Ten to Twenty – It’s an Age, Not a Sentence” but because they’re spot-on..