If you’re feeling intimidated when thinking about talking with your teen about dating, you’re not alone.  A good place to start when talking to your teen about dating is to hear them out on what they currently know and think about relationships.  

By letting them lead with what they already know, your teen is more likely to feel like this is a conversation instead of a one-sided lecture, increasing the likelihood that they will be engaged and buy into what is being discussed. 

Asking your teen for their opinions, experiences, and input will also help them feel heard and respected throughout the conversation. 

When teens feel heard by their parents, it offers an opportunity to not only connect meaningfully, but also to have meaningful teaching moments together. 

Read more about how to talk with teens about healthy relationships here.