Tips on How To Parent Teenagers and Dating

Lisa Bunnage, Parenting Coach, discusses Tips on How To Parent Teenagers and Dating

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Lisa Bunnage, Parenting Coach, discusses Tips on How To Parent Teenagers and Dating
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Featuring Lisa Bunnage, Parenting Coach
Tips on How To Parent Teenagers and Dating
Duration: 1 minute, 46 seconds

Teens can start dating at about 13 or 14 years old, depending on their maturity level.

But there are a few rules attached to that. When you have young teenagers dating some really good places for them to go would be skating rinks, libraries - they may not like that - pitch and putt, and bowling alleys.

Movie theaters are a little bit darker so not quite as good as somewhere that's really lit up and has a lot of activity going on. Also, somewhere where there are families too, so it's not just a whole bunch of teenagers hanging out.

Don't say a thing to them because the more resistance you put up with your teenager's choices the more attractive that person is going to be. You can only really address their behavior, but never attack that other person's personality or anything else about them. Just say, 'They seem very nice. I hope they're treating you well.'

When they're about 16 or 17 years old that's when you have to start cutting the apron strings a little bit and letting them go. Unfortunately, you can't be there for everything. You just have to hope that you've told them all the right things and that they're going to make wise choices.

Go and see a parenting coach, a school counselor, or a family counselor. Seek help if you're really worried about them, but you are going to have to start letting go.

Presenter: Ms. Lisa Bunnage, Counselor, Coquitlam, BC

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