Dating violence healthy relationships
Perhaps given as anecdotes like some of the dating foibles you had as a kid or things mom and dad are still working on…You might ask your teen what he/she thinks a healthy relationship looks like and go from there.
Teens who are victims are more likely to be depressed and do poorly in school.They may engage in unhealthy behaviors, like using drugs and alcohol and are more likely to have eating disorders. Teens who are victims in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college.Dating can also be a positive right of passage and a great learning experience when it comes to relationships.Having the chance to practice self-control, respect, and putting someone ahead of him/herself are definite steps on the road to maturity.Earlier this week I had dinner with friends who happen to have teens of dating age- 17 to be exact. Stuff you think you can prepare yourself for and hope you have the tenacity as a parent to prepare your blossoming teenager. eyebrows were raised when it came to the idea of dating violence as if it was an impossibility with their child.The conversation went from benign/normal teen concerns and escalated to issues such as dating violence and then the possibility of sex. The assumption was that their child wouldn’t put him/herself into a compromising situation. I still think it is important for teens to be educated and aware on the subject. The CDC has an informational fact sheet describing the physical, emotional, sexual, and stalking aspects of dating violence.
Further information from CDC tells us how delinquent behaviors now can affect later relationships: Among adult victims of rape, physical violence/stalking by an intimate partner, 22.4% of women and 15% of men first experienced some form of partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age.
Dating violence can have a negative effect on health throughout life.
Also along this path is learning how to stand up for oneself in a relationship.
What teens deem acceptable mostly comes from their role models…you (and their friends)!
Also consider that many of the patterns teens begin in relationships get carried into their adult relationships!
So early tips and suggestions made in a nonchalant perhaps humorous manner can go a long way…