Teenagers and dating advice
Whether you ban them from driving for a week or a month, whether you ground them for a week, cut back on their allowance or Internet use -- whatever -- set it in advance. Discuss 'checking in.' "Give teens age-appropriate autonomy, especially if they behave appropriately," says Kaslow. But that depends on the teen, how responsible they have been." 6. Whether it's drugs, driving, or premarital sex, your kids need to know the worst that could happen.
Romantic relationships can bring lots of emotional ups and downs for your child – and sometimes for the whole family.Dating customs have changed since you were a teenager.The most striking difference is the young age at which children now begin dating: on average, twelve and a half for girls, and thirteen and a half for boys.To help with parenting tips, Web MD turned to three national experts: David Elkind, Ph D, author of All Grown Up and No Place to Go and a professor of child development at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. "You're not flat-out rejecting them, you're at least making an overture. Another good line: "You may not feel like talking about what happened right now. But if you feel like talking about it later, you come to me," Elkind suggests. Amy Bobrow, Ph D, a clinical psychologist and professor in the Child Study Center at New York University School of Medicine in Manhattan. Giving teens a chance to establish their own identity, giving them more independence, is essential to helping them establish their own place in the world. "Doing themselves harm or doing something that could be permanent (like a tattoo), those things matter," says Kaslow. When kids see them, see how their friends act with their parents, they can get a better sense of those friends," Elkind tells Web MD.