Tell your teen you can drop off or pick up him or her, lend a compassionate and supportive ear when necessary, or help acquire birth control if that fits with your parenting and personal philosophies.
However you intend to support your teen, make sure he or she knows that you are available.
Give your teen an opportunity to contribute to the discussion, which can help foster trust.
Be sure to let your teen know you support him or her in the dating process.
As we near the end of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, we want to remind parents how important it is to do their part to help prevent teen dating violence and promote healthy relationships.
If you are a parent to a blossoming teen, consider discussing these crucial aspects of relationships with your child before he or she enters into a relationship: Be sure to teach your teen about the foundations of a healthy relationship.
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Let your teen know any rules you may have, such as curfews, restrictions on who or how they date, who will pay for dates, and any other stipulations you might have.
Take a moment to explain to your teen that attraction and desire are physiological responses that can occur separately from emotions.
Make sure he or she understands that infatuation is not the same as love.
When you open the discussion with your teen about relationships and sexuality, consider using gender-inclusive language that remains neutral to sexual orientation.
For example, you might say something like, “Are you interested in finding a boyfriend or girlfriend?