Dating Lessons: Rites and Rights

In preparation for your talk with your teen about the sticky issues of dating (kiss goodnight, who pays, who drives, etc.), buy a journal for each of you. Tell her to write down her top 10 fears and questions about dating. In your journal, write down your top 10 fears and questions about what dating will be like for her. You might write, "If Sara allows herself to get pressured into sex before she's emotionally ready for such a big step, what are the ways that might negatively affect her life?" During your talk, compare your journal entries. Remember, be as non-judgmental as possible. The more uptight you are, the less likely she'll want to confide in you. We'd love to discuss your journal entries, and we're eager to hear how "the talk" goes.

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