Teen Dating Contract
Dating – as parents we already know how complicated dating can be, especially knowing the pressures and temptations that go along with dating. Where do you set boundaries for your own children? How do you even bring up the awkward conversation of dating and sex? This is a tough one for some, luckily with these parent contracts you will have the help you need to navigate through tough conversations like:
- When do you think it is age appropriate to group date or single date
- What are some ground rules while out on a date
- What can they do if they are being pressured to do something that makes them feel uncomfortable
- Knowing that they can feel comfortable talking to you about things that happened while on the date
This dating contract is a great behavior contract to use with your teen and especially your preteen, so they know what to expect in the years to come regarding dating. One mother said it was a great time to talk to her teens about temptations and feelings that they may have for someone they are attracted to and what to do with those feelings. She continued with “while normally I fumbled to find the right time to talk to my kids about dating and sex, these contracts initiated a perfect opportunity.”
There are many things that a teen should consider when he or she starts dating, safety being the most important. Your parent contract for teen dating may include details about online dating, curfew, staying in public places, checking in at a certain point during a first date, dating in a group verses single dating, and much more. The more detailed your dating contract is, the better. But the main idea is that creating a dating contract gives you the opportunity to sit down with your teen and really talk about the dangers of dating violence, date rape, teen sex, STDs and much more. Teens often think that strangers are the biggest threat but actuality is that most violent acts are committed by someone that knows the victim. Talking to your teen about what kind of behavior, be it physical or emotional, is acceptable will help him or her get out of a bad situation before it gets too bad.
Using a dating contract will give your teen a visual about what is acceptable and what is expected. It will also detail what the consequences are when a rule is broken. Using a parent contract is a great way to allow teens input on what is happening in their life without making them figure it all out through trial and error. Adolescents thrive in a structured environment. Show your teens know how much you love and care about them by providing them with the structure and discipline they need through these parent contracts, it will be the best $20 you ever spend.
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