“Girls need to feel good about themselves before they start to date,” says Charles Wibbelsman, MD, chief of adolescent medicine at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco.
Dating Tip 1: Take Your Time Some teens date, some don’t.
Encourage your teen to embark on a dating relationship slowly and safely to avoid emotional turmoil and possible entanglements, suggests the Better Homes and Gardens website in an article, "Six Rules for Teen Dating." Consider instituting a dating guideline that prevents your teen from dating one-on-one until she turns 16, says psychologist Anita Gurian, who works with the New York University Child Study Center.
With this premise in place, talk to your teen about staying within these boundaries as she explores her interest in dating so that anyone she becomes acquainted with realizes the parental limits that are in place.
The Importance of a Social Life A teenager’s social life is extremely important because fitting in with peers can make the difference between feeling confident and struggling to find your place in the world.
Parents of friends are more likely to approve of their teens hanging out with someone who exhibits good manners.