Every parent has said (or at least thought) at some point in their kids’ young lives, “I’m not letting my kids date until they’re 35!” But have you ever stopped to think, maybe your kids don’t want to date? I recently had a conversation with my daughter about dating, and she shared that dating is scary for teenagers.
Sure, they want to be in love and, more importantly, want to be loved, but the prospect and landscape of dating are scarier now more than ever. With social media assaulting them with what they should look like, act like, think like, look at and listen to, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to learn how to behave when they actually come face to face with someone they like.
Before setting hard and fast dating rules for your teenager, let’s learn to listen first to what their hearts are actually trying to say. And when we do, we may learn our perspectives and goals may align more than we may have previously thought. Allow me to share some deeper insights from my 16-year-old daughter and me: