When your teen sees his dad treating you with kindness and respect, he is more likely to treat girls and women the same way.“I experienced a situation as a teen where I was beat and thrown down a flight of stairs at the age of 17, so I know that teen dating violence can happen,” said Natasha Brown, a mother of two teens who experienced a traumatic incident during her own teen years maneuvering through the labyrinth of love.
“You never know how you’re going to react until you’re in a situation like that.”One of the reasons parents and teens don’t like to talk about dating or anything dealing with sex is because it creates an awkward vibe between parent and teen.
This is sometimes due to the age and experience difference between teen and parent, and also the parent viewing the teen as a child and not a young adult.
Whatever side of the fence you're on, it's important to know that teen dating can come with negative consequences.
Talk with your teen about the dangers of dating and educate her about the risks of certain behaviors.
"With the media portraying sexuality more and more, with teens at younger ages having sex, and with all of the sexual 'trends' being explored, teens need viable information," says Susan Falcone, National Board Certified teacher and Family Studies department chair at Loch Raven High School in Baltimore, Maryland.
Falcone says that the "garden of misinformation" (i.e., "I heard that that...") is still the only source for many teens."I've been teaching sex education for 37 years and I have seen only a modicum of progress in their knowledge, while their experiences have widened well beyond their parents'.
The voice of the site is that of a wise teen friend, making especially approachable for the middle- and high-school set.
Tiffany Raiford has several years of experience writing freelance.
Visiting these sites in order to approve their content before sharing them with your child is highly recommended.
Web site: teen outreach site of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Teen Wire offers diagrams, Q&As, and articles about sex, pregnancy, relationships, and what happens to teen bodies.
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