Love To Know (LTK): What are some ways teens can approach their parents when they want to begin dating?
Mary Jo Rapini (MJR): Well, the most important thing is that they keep communication open and that means both people.
Many teenagers want to know if they are ready to date.
If dating were left up to parents, teenagers would never date!
Ed Parrish, a banker and father of four from Graham, has noticed that his 13-year-old son has started asking his older sister if her friend’s younger sister can join her on visits to the Parrish home. Sometimes, his son will go to the movies with guy friends and “meet up” with a group of girls from school, Parrish says.
He feels comfortable with these early forays because “we’ve given him the talk about the need to respect young ladies and what we expect of him.”What to watch for: Cellphones and social media can lay traps for preteens and young teens.
Dating in high school is normal but sometimes things can get out of hand.
Some high school dating students get married and live happily.They march off en masse to the mall or to the movies, or join a gang tossing a Frisbee on the beach.Don’t confuse group dating with double-dating or triple-dating.The definition of dating is when two people decide to enter a relationship, something that is more than friendship, to get to know each other better.Not many parents expect teenage relationships to last forever which is why they take extreme precaution.When kids are able to tell parents that they met someone, the more rational they are, the more likely parents are to talk about it.