Has your child shown an interest in dating?
HAS your child started to show an interest in the opposite sex? Do you dread the day when you have to allow your child to go out on a first date?
Lim Mee-Gaik, a professor at Park University in San Antonio, Texas, who has worked in marriage and family counselling, calls dating a progressive evolvement.
“It generally starts with friendships and as the relationship builds, individuals tend to show a special interest for a specific person.
“It is important for teens to be exposed to a wide variety of friends. This enables them to interact with people from all walks of life. It also enables them to be with individuals who have similar interests and select dates with desirable character traits.
“One of the common signs of ‘ dating readiness’ is when they start being attentive to individuals of the other gender. Vast amounts of time, energy, and conversations with friends are focused on the party of interest. A great deal of planning is involved in being in the same vicinity as the party of interest,” she says.
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Young love: ParenThots provides some tips on how to deal with dating teens.