Parents are a teenager's primary source of information and guidance in matters of sex, sexuality, dating and love."The Talk" should be an ongoing series of discussions that take place whenever your teenager has a question concerning sex or whenever a "teachable moment" presents itself.
For those teens who tend to be shy, meeting in person can be much more difficult. Be open with your teen about everything from treating someone else with respect to your values about sexual activity.
Discuss potential problems teens may face when entering the dating scene, like the pressure to become sexually active or the pressure to get involved in a serious relationship.
The hours between and p.m., when many parents are still at work, are prime time for trouble.
Researchers at the RAND Corporation have found that teens are more likely to have sex when there is less after-school supervision.
There's a small window of time between when your teen begins dating and when she's going to be entering the adult world.
So you'll need to provide guidance that can help her be successful in her future relationships.
A teen does not learn how to date in the classroom and most likely has only picked up on some of the basics, like respecting someone’s personal space, at home.
But without experience in a romantic relationship, teens don't know what to expect.
The teen dating scene can be awkward and uncomfortable, for teens as well as their parents.
Technology has changed the way teens date, and many parents aren't sure how to talk about dating these days.
So if your daughter is home when you're not, show up unexpectedly on occasion or ask a friendly neighbor to check up on her.