My daughter was 11 when she went to her first school dance.
I put on a brave face as she got out of the car in her polka-dot dress (with a denim jacket for her signature swagger). But what I really wanted to say as she disappeared into the crowd of sixth-grade bravado was, "Wait—come back!
They’re quickly discovering what I did—dating with kids in tow is a whole different scenario.
All of this is a sort of practice session in order to find “Mr.” or “Miss Right.” Unfortunately, too often teens start dating with no preparatory talks from their parents and then they can get into trouble. You hope they will wait to have sex, but if they don’t, it’s best that they protect themselves.
Dating is a time of social experimentation for teens.
It’s a time to test out which type of partners appeal to them, and how they can negotiate a romantic relationship.
“This is one of those cases where less is more,” she says.
“Provide basic information to a child, depending on age and developmental stage.” And remember: They’re your kids, not your friends.