Teens and safe dating
Besides biology, bring up some of the risks and moral considerations.
It’s much easier to talk when your kids become teens if you began the dialogue years earlier.
Here are 4 easy ways to teach your child about healthy relationships: Are you concerned about a teen in your life?
Want to learn more about TDV and other issues our teens face?
Unfortunately, teens often don’t tell adults when they are experiencing violence.
There are a variety of reasons for this, including the fact that many of them can’t correctly identify the warning signs of an abusive relationship.
Abusive behaviors become “normalized” for teens experiencing TDV making them less likely to question their partner’s bad behavior.
To keep our teens safe and healthy it’s important that caregivers not only be able recognize the signs of abuse, but that they also make it a priority to teach children from an early age exactly what a healthy relationship looks like.
One of the strongest strategies for preventing TDV is to promote healthy relationships.“When you start talking to them about sex when they’re 11, it allows them time to figure out what’s important to them,” says Brown, who has worked with teens for 27 years and is the mother of two daughters ages 18 and 21.“Plus, preteens can be more open to our suggestions.” Some preteens, especially those who go through puberty early, may begin to receive attention from the opposite sex, Brown says.She also teaches parenting education classes, runs skill building groups for children and teens, and is a certified trainer for nonviolent crisis intervention, conscious discipline and active parenting.
Chelsea is a committed advocate for child welfare and has been active in the movement to end violence against children since 2006.
While meant as a joke, the story says something about parents’ age-old concerns for their teens when they begin to date.