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Give your teen an opportunity to contribute to the discussion, which can help foster trust.
Be sure to let your teen know you support him or her in the dating process.
It is important to set expectations and boundaries you have now regarding your teen dating rather than defining them through confrontation later.
Let your teen know any rules you may have, such as curfews, restrictions on who or how they date, who will pay for dates, and any other stipulations you might have.
Infatuation may give us butterflies, goose bumps, and that “can’t eat, can’t sleep” type of feeling, but it isn’t the same as love.
Discipline becomes increasingly difficult and may feel impossible to maintain. You knew it would, but you didn’t think it would happen so quickly.In spite of any hope you had of slowing down the clock, you woke up one day to find that your child is not so childlike anymore.It’s a struggle to know what to say, when to say it, and how to say it.These conversations and decisions only become more challenging when the time comes for your teen to start dating.