Parents everywhere tend to experience a twinge of angst when their adolescents begin dating. Unplanned pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, dating violence and date rape can be sources of worry. The concerns often overshadow the brighter side of teen dating. Adolescents in healthy dating relationships -- which are characterized as having "open communication, high levels of trust and partners who are relatively close in age" according to Sarah Sorensen of the ACT for Youth Center of Excellence --learn about romance and intimacy in ways that will help forge solid self-concepts, interpersonal skills and partnerships in their adult lives. Teen years are formative ones, and dating gives adolescents insight into who they are. They learn about some of their own boundaries, such as what feels acceptable and what doesn't, what they do and do not like and what attracts them most.
The Dos and Don'ts of Teenage Dating
Is Casual Dating Good for Relationships?
Talking to our kids about dating and sex can be awkward. Just as we teach our children about proper manners and study skills, we need to coach them about sexuality and romantic relationships, she says. To help them navigate this exhilarating, blissful, painful, and confounding aspect of life, you have to get over those feelings of embarrassment and get ready for some honest conversations. In order to give our kids advice, we need to educate ourselves on the ages and stages of dating, says Andrew Smiler, Ph. Dating tends to happen in three waves, he explains.
The Negative Effects of Teenage Dating
Are you finding navigating the world of dating and love to be challenging? You're certainly not alone. The teenage love problems you're experiencing now, like cheating, unrequited love and friend interference, are pretty common.
Relationships are a delicate topic when it comes to any age group, but the high school years are often overlooked, deemed to be not particularly important. The minds of adolescents are not fully developed and therefore are not capable of knowing what is or isn't beneficial in terms of romanticism at the time. Speaking out of experience, I am nowhere near certain of whether or not my high school relationship was detrimental or advantageous for myself, and it is a question that lingers on the tip of of my tongue countless hours of the day: Is being in a high school relationship honestly worth it? The initial answer for a still maturing young man such as myself would've been no, but rushing to such an answer is irrational. The majority of the time, high school relationships do not last, as only two percent of new marriages in North America are compromised of "high school sweethearts.