Let’s start the conversation on the ground rules for teenage dating both from a parent’s perspective and a teenage love’s perspective.
Many moms and dads use strict rules to prevent their children from being in relationships until they are old enough. However, some teens have different ideas. Teenagers and parents typically agree that specific unspoken or unwritten guidelines should exist before a relationship can be established. These guidelines include being safe, trusting each other completely, and being faithful to one another. Some rules don’t require a verbal discussion, and some teens may do well with an agreement in writing.
You know you’re a teenager in love when you want to spend your nights with the new ‘love of your life.’ You sneak out to see them at night and don’t want to do anything without them. There are so many confusing feelings and thoughts about relationships as a teenager. It is essential to know what is considered good and bad behaviors in a connection to prevent conflicts. Here are some ground rules that you should follow in your relationship with your significant other.
– Always respect the other person: You should never verbally or physically hurt them.
-Respect them enough to think about their feelings before you speak or act.
– Never date in secret: If you are going to date somebody, tell your family and friends.
Make Sure That …
You Are Being Safe – Adults have certain expectations when they pick up their teenage children, and they will want to know that you are safe to be around. It is not always easy to be safe at night, so it is important to communicate with your family if you need help. Some people may feel that if they are out with their boyfriend, then they will be safe. However, there is no guarantee that this person will treat you the way you deserve to be treated. It is essential to respect your parents’ rules and prepare yourself for a discussion if something happens and you don’t feel safe.
Trust – Trust goes both ways when it comes to teenage dating. To have a successful relationship, both partners must trust each other. If one of you does not trust the other, building up a relationship will be almost impossible. Communication is critical when dealing with trust. Both parties need to have candid conversations so that they both understand where the other is coming from. You have to be willing to listen and hear what your partner is saying and show respect for the person in front of you.
Be faithful – If people do not want to be faithful, then they shouldn’t date openly. A solid relationship should be built on trust, honesty, and love. If one of you is unwilling to be faithful, it is best not to continue seeing each other. Trust is the most crucial aspect of a relationship, and being fair to your partner will help build a strong relationship.
Here are some more suggestions for dating we feel will help teenagers as they embark upon their discovery of relationships:
We would advise you to get permission from your parents before going on a date. If they are not at home, then ask their neighbor or another relative. If you can’t get permission from your parents, make sure you have another adult who can verify your whereabouts.
Keep your cell phone charged and with you at all times. This will make sure that you always have a cell phone on you when you need it. Check the battery life before heading out on a date; if it is low and you don’t have access to a charger, don’t go out.
Lastly, don’t give your boyfriend or girlfriend too much of your time. If you are out with them too much, it will affect other areas of your life. You want to make sure that you have plenty of time for your friends and family as well. Don’t rush into things either, and take the time to get to know this person.
So, if you are a teenager thinking about dating, here are our last bit of guidelines we feel will help the dating process go off without a hitch:
– Make sure you are mature enough to handle a relationship.
– Be old enough to date – check your state laws.
– Talk to your parents and have them support you.
– Share your goals and expectations for the relationship.
– Remember, what you see in the movies is not realistic.