Summer is here, but that doesn't mean that learning has to stop! This month, consider learning or trying something new and, if you have kids, involve them, too! Encouraging happy, healthy lifestyles with youth is an important protective factor that follows them forever.
Model healthy relationships and boundaries.
- Adolescents are likely to end up in relationships similar to those modeled for them by adults they trust.
Set expectations and clear consequences.
- Ensure your child understands the rules you set for them: curfew, who they can be with and where they can be.
- Help your child decide what behavior they expect from their date and how to get out of the situation if their date does something unacceptable.
Meet your child's date.
- Know who your child is spending their time with. Ask the date questions and explain to them what your rules are.
Stay calm if your child discloses personal information.
- If your child comes to you with intimate details, do your best to maintain your composure, even if it is something you don't want to hear. Being calm will increase the likelihood that your child will continue to come to you.
It is hard to talk about dating and relationships with adolescents. If you are interested in more information, check out this link: Dating Matters: Strategies to Promote Health Teen Relationships (cdc.gov)
For Facts and Stats, go to Fast Facts: Preventing Teen Dating Violence |Violence Prevention|Injury Center|CDC