Dating and physical boundaries
Parents face a tough set of decisions when their teens reach dating age.
We’re talking about actual romantic dating, not elementary and middle school crushes that are all sugar and no spice.
We’d like to think that the more comfortable we become with talking about sex, the more rapidly we see positive outcomes.Standing awkwardly next to one another at a school dance and maybe holding hands?Possibly a slow dance, one hand on shoulder, other hand on hip, plenty of daylight in between bodies? Don’t misunderstand us: we’re not so naïve as to think all middle schoolers are lily-white innocents, and you shouldn’t be, either.When our kids reach this stage, we smile and reminisce. If we’re honest with ourselves, most of us parents admit we still have work to do in our relationships with our spouses, partners, or romantic interests.Whether we’re divorced and dating casually, in a decades-long marriage, or in a serious committed relationship, virtually everyone has more to learn about how to keep relationships happy, fulfilling, loving, and above all else, healthy.
Your teenager should be aware it’s inappropriate for their romantic interest to pressure them into anything.