No matter how old your child is, they will always be your baby.
But that doesn’t mean your baby won’t grow up.
When your child becomes old enough to start dating, things can get scary. It’s a big leap for all of you and you need to be thinking ahead.
So let’s prepare for these big changes by learning the four steps every mom should take when their teen starts dating.
Here we go!
4 Steps Moms Should Take When Their Teens Start Dating
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Set Ground Rules
One of the best things you can do before your child is ready to date is to set up some rules that they understand have to be followed at all times.
This means that before dating even becomes a thing in your home, you have made it very clear to your child how you feel, and what’s expected, including what age they are allowed to start.
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List out all of your rules including where they are allowed to go, if they have to go in a group, and when you would expect them home.
If you have these “rules” in place before dating begins, then your child won’t have false expectations, and everything is likely to go more smoothly.
Discuss Physical Relationships
The topic of sex and physical relationships doesn’t have to be tough or awkward and it’s really important.
There is no set age when a child will become interested in sex, and it is dangerous to assume they are too young.
Kids see things in movies, hear things from friends, and know more than you think, which is why it is important that you discuss sex with them at a fairly early age.
Statistics show that children who have had parents who openly discuss sex typically delay sexual interactions, use protection when they finally decide to have sex, and have fewer partners.
So don’t be afraid to dive right in and tell them they can come to you and tell you ANYTHING at any time.
Do Your Research
You can find a lot out about your children’s potential date by doing some online research.
Search Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and other social media sites.
Ask around to other parents and acquaintances who have contact with the prospective child.
Reach out to his or her parents, and learn a little more about them as well as your child’s love interest.
This will help ease your mind and you can discuss it further with your child.
Meet Their Date
No matter how much your teen protests, never let your child go running out the door without meeting their date first.
It is important for you to know who he or she is.
Plus, when your child has to bring their date inside to say hello, it sets the tone for the night.
Without words it allows you to say “I am here, watching, and expecting you to treat my child right.”
And in reality, if your teen can’t handle bringing their date inside, then they probably aren’t ready to go on a date in the first place.
No mom is ever ready to have their baby grow up, but we all know we can’t stop it from happening.
However, we can do everything in our power to keep them safe and prepare them for what’s to come.
Most importantly let your child know that you are always there for them and they can talk to you at any time with stress or worry.
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