Dating a parent

17 Jan

Today's teens spend a lot of time texting and posting to potential love interests on social media.

For some, that can make dating easier because they may get to know one another better online first.

A teen does not learn how to date in the classroom and most likely has only picked up on some of the basics, like respecting someone’s personal space, at home.

But without experience in a romantic relationship, teens don't know what to expect.

Of course, those rules don't necessarily apply if you have valid safety concerns.

Talk to your teen about how real life dates don't mimic what might be seen in the movies.

Instead, first dates may be awkward, but they can also be a lot of fun.

For those teens who tend to be shy, meeting in person can be much more difficult. Be open with your teen about everything from treating someone else with respect to your values about sexual activity.

Discuss potential problems teens may face when entering the dating scene, like the pressure to become sexually active or the pressure to get involved in a serious relationship.