GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Brace yourself parents, 2 Wants to Know is talking about your kids -- and dating.
Shannon Koontz with Piedmont Parent Magazine is helping navigate the topic. First question: how much "supervision" do teens need when it comes to dating? Koontz said, "If there is open dialogue, trust your child to make smart decisions. Still supervise appropriately. You can give them curfews and insist on meeting their dates, but try to avoid restrictions on who they date or what they do on the date."
So how do you help your kids make the right dating decisions?Koontz suggested, "Listen to your child. A teen who talks through what they want in a relationship or the qualities they admire in the date are more likely to be better prepared to handle themselves when important decisions in the relationship need to be made, or when it comes to how they want to be treated by a date. The idea is to be a supportive ear. Give advice when asked, but don't become overbearing."
So where should parents draw the line? Should they freak out if they see their kids holding hands? "Don't be quick to bring up sex - just because your teen is interested in someone doesn't mean they are interested in having sex. CDC statistics show fewer than half of kids have had intercourse. So don't assume the worst and potentially shut down a dialogue with your teen with what would feel like an "accusation" before it's even started."
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