Dating

Parenting a teen who is beginning to date is bittersweet for some parents. Their son or daughter is growing up, and allegiance is shifting from mom and dad to peers. Learning the signs of a potentially unhealthy dating relationship may be helpful for parents, and keeping communication open so you can provide guidance through a breakup is a good idea, too.


Getting ready for the date

Uh, oh. Your daughter just turned 16, the age you and her mom agreed would signify the start of dating. Now you're wondering if maybe you...

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