These first relationships usually don’t go beyond chatting, posing for pictures later posted on social media and requests to attend coed group outings.
Most experts and parents consulted for this article say group “dates” to the mall, movies or even a friend’s house are fine as long as they’re supervised, even if it means just being in the same shopping center.
Parents need to know why they are setting the rules, and they also need to discuss the rules openly with their children.
While setting rules is a good idea, it is important for parents to think through the rules that they do set.
Tell your teen that you will talk about dating when he or she is ____ years old.
Then you can sit down and have a conversation to see if your teen is ready.
For instance, Atkins suggests asking your child why they think someone acted the way they did, and whether they made a good or healthy choice. It's your job, as their parent, to figure out if your child is ready to handle the level of dating they have in mind.
Pay attention to how they respond when you start a conversation about dating.
“Of course it will probably be uncomfortable for both of you,” Anthony says.