Parents approach teen dating
It can be scary and frustrating to know, or even think, that your child is in an abusive relationship.
But as a parent, your support and guidance are especially important in helping your child understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships.
OK — your 13-year-old daughter comes home from school and dreamily announces that she’s in love with the hottest guy in her grade.( And yes, we've been addressing the low esteem for years.)She has no experience with dating. I say I could get behind that better if he would stop commenting on her physical beauty and if she would stop gushing. When she saw him I kept my cell phone on and when they were alone for the first time and he was pressuring her for sex, she called me and I picked her up immediately. I think it's a matter of what you are comfortable with and what she wants too.I find myself in the unsettling position of wanting to say very conventional things like ''An 18 year old boy only has one thing in mind.'' And then I feel bad. Older guys pick on younger, more vulnerable girls because it's harder for them to say no. They mostly spent time together at school, at lunch, or met before school for coffee. I told her that I wanted to meet him before they went ''out'' anywhere. Just make sure she knows that she can call you anytime and you will pick her up. That way she might talk to you about any things she doesn't know how to handle.As a parent or caretaker, your instinct is to protect your child.However, reacting strongly or suddenly to any situation could cause your child to shut down and further isolate themselves from the safe people in their lives.