• When your Child Starts Dating

    Your Teen's Behavior

    Asyour child moves from childhood into the teenage years, she willencounter many social and cultural challenges. It is an exciting timeand yet a scary time for your child. As she moves more towardindependence, she will be convinced she knows everything, you knownothing and you were literally born yesterday. In fact, at this time,she needs you more than ever. By knowing what to expect at this stageof your child's life, you are better equipped to interact effectivelywith her. By communicating clearly with your child and listening towhat she has to say and the emotions she is expressing, you can helpyour child through this stage.

    Tips for Dating
    • Talk with your child about what she hopes for from dating and from relationships.
    • Let her know your concerns and hopes for her as she goes out on dates.
    • Know who your child is hanging out with and dating.
    • Talk with the parents of those kids.
    • Set clear rules about who can be with her in your home when there are no adults present.
    • Teach manners and how to be respectful of others.
    • Let your child know she can always call home if she is uncomfortable or feels worried.
    • Tell your child to have fundating should be fun.

    Thisinformation was compiled by Sunindia Bhalla, One Tough Job Manager, andreviewed by the Program Staff of the Massachusetts Childrens TrustFund.