So when it comes to dating, how can you prepare yourself to deal with potential questions and issues? The American Academy of Pediatrics notes that on average, girls begin dating as early as 12 and a half years old, and boys a year older.
But it may not be the kind of “dating” you’re picturing.
Don’t minimize, trivialize, or make fun of your child’s first relationship.
When you think about, it’s actually the first intimate relationship your child is making with someone outside of the family. Remember that high school romances tend to be self-limiting, but look for warning signs too.
It can be alarming and uncomfortable to think about your child dating.
But don’t pretend it’s not happening (or that it won’t at some point), whether your child has brought it up or not.
The preteen and teen years aren’t easy on you or your child.
As hormones fly, you can expect to deal with your fair share of conflict.
If your child’s grades are dropping or they aren’t spending much time with friends anymore, consider limiting how much time is being spent with that special someone. It can be a difficult conversation for everyone involved, but it’s critical to be honest and clear about the facts.
With first relationships come first breakups, and those can be painful.
Being a parent means committing to guide your child through many complicated and difficult stages of life.