No matter how old your child is, they will always be your baby. But that doesn’t mean your baby won’t grow up. In fact, it is likely that sometime during their teen years, they begin doing grown-up things such as dating. And your baby dating is a big step for both of you — it is life-changing. So prepare yourself, and learn the four steps every mom should take when their teen starts dating.
Set Ground Rules
One of the best things you can do before your is ready to date is to . This means that before dating even becomes a thing in your home, you have made it very clear to your child how you feel about it, including what age they are allowed to start. List out all of your rules including where they are allowed to go, if they have to go in a group, and when you would expect them home. If you have these “rules” made clear before a date takes place, then your child won’t have false expectations, and everything is likely to go more smoothly.
Discuss Physical Relationships
The topic of sex and physical relationships is tough at any age, but it is so very important. There is no set age when a child will become interested in sex, and it is dangerous to assume they are too young. Kids see things in movies, hear things from friends, and know more than you think, which is why it is important that you discuss sex with them. typically delay sexual interactions, use protection when they finally decide to have sex, and have fewer partners.
Do Your Research
You can find a lot out about your children’s potential date by doing some online research. Search Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and other social media sites. Ask around to other parents and acquaintances who have contact with the prospective child. Reach out to his or her parents, and learn a little more about them as well as the child. If your teen is older, consider doing a background check on their date. The reality is that we live in a world full of dangers, and it is so incredibly important to keep our children safe as well as teach them . Researching potential dates is an excellent way to protect everyone.
Meet Their Date
No matter how much your teen protests, never let your child go running out the door without meeting their date first. It is important for you to know who he or she is. Plus, when your child has to bring their date inside to say hello, it sets the tone for the night. Without words it allows you to say “I am here, watching, and expecting you to treat my child right.” And in reality, if your teen can’t handle bringing their date inside, then they probably aren’t ready to go on a date in the first place.
No mom is ever ready to have their baby grow up, but we all know we can’t stop it from happening. However, we can do everything in our power to keep them safe and prepare our children for dating and other future grownup things.