Elements of relationships and safe dating
It can be helpful to consider your own feelings about when people make assumptions about your life before hearing you out. If you communicate with your teen in an approachable manner that respects their feelings, then your teen will be much more likely to do the same for you.This helps to create a healthy and open line of communication between you and your child and ultimately could improve your teen’s self-esteem and increase their feelings of safety.We know communication can be difficult to navigate on both ends of parent or caretaker and child relationships.
It may be one of the most compelling questions I’ve ever had a client ask.As a parent or caretaker, your instinct is likely to help your child in whatever way you can.Be sure to let your child know that you are there for them.Having open lines of communication around dating rules can help to make sure you and your teen are on the same page.
This might mean setting curfews and ground rules around communication, for example.
Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but through our Girls’ Health program here at YW Boston, conversations about love and healthy relationships happen all year round!