Has Your Pre-Teen Kid Started Dating Already? Tips to Ensure Their Safety
Love is the feeling that unites different ages, races, and nationality. We often hear that “Love knows no age, height, weight.” But the question is ” when is the best time to start dating?”
As we grow up and hormones fly we have to expect that we fall in love, innocent and not always true love. American scientists have noticed that girls usually begin dating at 12 years old and boys at 13 years old. That statistic may scare most parents but I advise them to calm down because this is not the kind of love they think.
Making dating safer for teens
So, let’s analyze what are the most important things to make the first dating of a teen or pre-teen safer.
1. Early education of teens
First of all, you should begin sexual education earlier (at 8-9 years); that will prepare your child for mature life and as he or she knows what sex is they would not want to try it just to see what happens.
Also, sexual education will save your child from troubles like unwanted pregnancy and disappointment in love or in humans.
2. Debunking the perception that first love is true love
Another thing you should teach your child is that the first love is not always for a whole life. The person who is your first love may not be the person you marry.
Because of teen maximalism, they think that they will marry the person they’re in love with, and when this love “ends” they think that the life ends. That is a problem because most of the teens suicide when they “lose” their love.
3. The difference between true love and falling in love
Another problem when a 12-13 years old teenager date is that he or she confuses true love with falling in love. So you should explain to them what is true love, that is not about what you say but about what you feel.
4. Helping your teen get through cheating episodes
Another problem of early relationships (and in all relationships) is cheating. Every parent should speak to his child about how cheating affects relationships and hurt.
Cheating is the worst treason that makes you disappointed and you think all people are the same. You scared to fall in love again because of the fear that someone is cheating on you.
You should discuss with your child about all as when something went wrong he would share it with you not with his or her “true friends”, because most of them are not as your son or daughter think.
As we become mature we understand what is on one’s mind, but teenagers don’t.
Early dating isn’t that scary
You should not make your son or daughter wait 1 or 2 years to go for a date, they will understand when is the time themselves, your role is just to explain to them how things are. Also, you can ask other parents if their kids are doing the same as yours.
Your kid can also face heartbreaks, that can be painful. Just be patient and always listen to your kid and control his or her emotional condition.
The most important thing is to try not to face a generation gap. Try to always understand what your child feel and say.
Of course, you should control how your child behaves, for instance when he is alone in a room with his or her “soulmate”, how they speak to each other.
Early relationships in life can be helpful
The early relationships have their benefits, for example, the experience is socialization, communication.
So the most important thing to know about early dating is that there is not an age that is recommended compulsory. Each person chooses this age. Every children’s personality is different and that means different opinions and actions.
I think that all actions a curious teen do are normal, parents should let the children choose the correct way, with just some guidelines that will protect them from pain and troubles. Always listen to what your children think and try not to blame them for their opinion.
All that happens to your child remain in his or her memory like a lesson, not always pleasant, but always efficient. Think about you at the same age and try to understand that for a teen everything looks like mature life like he is strong enough to resist to difficulties. Even if it is not so, don’t condemn your children and love them, only love can help us to survive the life’s pressure.
“There is only one happiness in our life: to love and be loved!”
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