When should teens start dating

08-Apr-2016 09:57

The ultimate reason for dating is to find a spouse.

Once you’ve found someone to marry and you get married, you no longer engage in dating.

Model Healthy Relationships Being a good role model to our kids as we interact with our spouses and others is the first step toward ensuring they’ll develop healthy connections as teens and adults, Ponton and Brown say.

Enforcing rigid gender stereotypes or engaging in harmful relations ourselves can set our kids up for relationship woes later on.

Here are some tips for thinking about when you might start seeing someone: Ask yourself: Talk to your parents or guardians about starting to date.

Lynn Ponton, University of California San Francisco professor of adolescent psychiatry and author of The Sex Lives of Teenagers and The Romance of Risk, and Nancy Brown, a developmental psychologist and education projects manager for Palo Alto Medical Foundation, both agree: Parents should set the stage for safe dating long before their child becomes a teen.

Nature of Dating Relationships: There are different ways to approach dating.

Two stand out as the most common approaches in our society.

Douglas Green recommends stepping back, taking a good look at your kid, and considering your teen’s sense of self-worth.

Does he or she have good boundaries and a strong moral code? Does your child seem to feel good about his or her accomplishments?

Lynn Ponton, University of California San Francisco professor of adolescent psychiatry and author of The Sex Lives of Teenagers and The Romance of Risk, and Nancy Brown, a developmental psychologist and education projects manager for Palo Alto Medical Foundation, both agree: Parents should set the stage for safe dating long before their child becomes a teen.

Nature of Dating Relationships: There are different ways to approach dating.

Two stand out as the most common approaches in our society.

Douglas Green recommends stepping back, taking a good look at your kid, and considering your teen’s sense of self-worth.

Does he or she have good boundaries and a strong moral code? Does your child seem to feel good about his or her accomplishments?

The old worries about teen pregnancy, tarnished reputations and broken hearts still apply, but today there are new risks due to rising rates of dating violence and sexually-transmitted infections (STIs).