Dating Rule #5: Keeps doors open when you’re in the house together.
Here’s why: When doors are closed, it might be too easy for your teen to get carried away sexually.
When your teen starts dating, it can be exciting and a little scary.
Dating Rule #1: Socialize in groups until you show us you’re ready to go on dates.
Here’s why: Teens have to practice some pretty good judgment when they’re alone with someone on a date.
A great approach is to sit down with your child and work together to develop a set of dating rules.
This shows you value his input, which can help keep the lines of communication open so that your child feels comfortable turning to you when dating questions or concerns arise.
Hanging out as part of a larger group gives your child opportunities to show you he can resist peer pressure and come home on time.
If he’s mature enough to do these things when out with friends, that’s a good sign he can do them when out on a date too. Here’s why: A date who respects your child will have the courtesy to come to the door and say hello to you.
Explain that this makes you and others in the house uncomfortable.
You may also want to include a rule that dates can’t come over unless you or another adult is at home. Here’s why: It’s hard for any teen to resist the heat of the moment.
Make sure your child understands that if he ends up in a place where the people or activities are making him uncomfortable, he can call you to help arrange an immediate ride home. Here’s why: There’s not a lot of good stuff that happens when teens are out after a certain time of night.