Talk to your teen about what a good relationship is.
While you may think your teen already knows how to date, they probably don’t.
But it’s important to remember that they do still need you now and this is a normal development phase of the teen years.
There are also things you can do to make dating easier for both of you.
As a parent, it is important for you to recognize the danger signs of an unhealthy or abusive relationship.
If you have a concern, talk honestly with your child and ask other’s for help.
Pay attention to how they respond when you start a conversation about dating.Notice what "dating" seems to mean to your child and then talk about it.Michelle Anthony, Ph D, a developmental psychologist and learning therapist in Denver, suggests an opening line like: “It sounds like a lot of kids are talking about dating now. ” If you can't tell what dating means to your kid, try discussing dating as shown on TV shows or in movies that are age-appropriate."Parents can be so uncomfortable with the idea of their kid becoming more grown up -- we wish our kids could stay kids," Atkins says."The problem with that attitude is that your kid still is a kid. Parents may joke that it’s an experience they want their child to have -- just not until somewhere around the age of 30. A 6th grade girl may say, "Jacob is my boyfriend," but what does that mean?Seriously, though, when is your child ready to date? "At this age, kids use dating labels but aren’t ready to have much direct one-on-one interaction beyond maybe sitting together at lunch or recess," says Dale Atkins, Ph D, a family therapist in New York.Most of their information comes from media that’s meant to be entertaining, not realistic.Make sure your child understands what it means to be in a loving and supporting relationship.Instead, if they answer your questions or seem eager to date, you can steer the conversation toward reassuring them that these feelings are normal. Are they just trying to keep up with their friends?Are they confident and able to take care of themselves? Do they look physically more mature than they are, emotionally?