Encourage them to come to you with any question or conflict.
Try to be open to discussing it, rather than lecturing them.
Teen dating can be a wonderful and fun time where self confidence is built up, and dating techniques are learned. Attorney General reports that 38 percent of date rape victims are girls between the age of 14 and 17. Teach them how to date, how to have respect for one another and how to protect themselves from emotional and physical hurt. Your relationship for your child speaks far louder than anyone’s words. Help them pay attention to the voice inside that says, “I’m uncomfortable in this situation and don’t want to do this.” Teach them to trust their judgment. Tell your sons that having sex does not make them a man and tell your daughters that having sex does not make them cool. Make sure both your son and daughter understand that, and that they should come to you or another parent/teacher/counselor if they feel at all threatened or oppressed by their boyfriend or girlfriend. “I’m not sure…” from a girl can mean “I just need to be pushed or pressured some more before I say yes” to her date. Tell boys if they hear “No” then proceeding anyway is rape. Tell boys they are not expected to try a million different ways to get sex.
It may just prove to be an excellent start to a relationship together.
You may have a friend of the opposite sex that you have known for years and never thought anything of it.
Once you start getting older, however, that friendship may start to feel like there is something more to it. One of the smartest pieces of dating advice is to get to know the other person well first, so already being a friend can be a big plus.
Add the rituals of dating, and life can become pretty hectic.
Sometimes a friendship can turn into something more than you thought it was going to be.