You go from changing their diapers, to teaching them how to tie their shoes, to eventually helping them understand dating and love.The preteen and teen years aren’t easy on you or your child.For many kids, 16 seems to be an appropriate age, but it may be entirely suitable for a mature 15-year-old to go on a date, or to make your immature 16-year-old wait a year or two.You can also consider what other parents are doing.As hormones fly, you can expect to deal with your fair share of conflict.So when it comes to dating, how can you prepare yourself to deal with potential questions and issues? This is a statistic that may strike fear in any parent’s heart, so brace yourself. It may not be the kind of “dating” you’re picturing.It’s important to acknowledge how your child is feeling without trying to pull them out of sadness.Be patient and sensitive, and remember that sometimes just listening is the best thing you can do.
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.
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.
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Take note of how your child reacts when you discuss dating.