Teenagers and maturity about dating

Don’t minimize, trivialize, or make fun of your child’s first relationship.

You go from changing their diapers, to teaching them how to tie their shoes, to eventually helping them understand dating and love.

When you’ve made a decision, be clear with your child about your expectations.

Explain if and how you want your child to check in with you while they’re out, what you consider acceptable and appropriate behavior, and curfew. We may use terms like “puppy love” and “crush” to describe teenage romances, but it’s very real to them.

Groups play a big role in relaying information about who likes whom.

Even if your son is mooning over a certain girl, most 12-year-olds aren’t really ready for the one-on-one interaction of a true relationship.

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