Dating Rule #7: Don’t do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable.
Even a brief introduction can give you a feel for the kind of person he or she is. Here’s why: For safety reasons, it’s important for you know to where your teen is.
Watching this interaction might be illuminating for your child as well. This is especially true if the date is with someone your child doesn’t know well.
Hanging out as part of a larger group gives your child opportunities to show you he can resist peer pressure and come home on time.
If he’s mature enough to do these things when out with friends, that’s a good sign he can do them when out on a date too. Here’s why: A date who respects your child will have the courtesy to come to the door and say hello to you.
A curfew can also be a good “out” for your child if a situation is becoming uncomfortable.
Be clear that you can be flexible with a curfew if there’s a special occasion, like a show or a prom.
But it may be harder for kids who sometimes have trouble with self-control or with picking up on social cues.
Help your child understand that even if something feels good, he needs to stop if his partner or his own gut feeling says he should.
Make sure your child understands that if he ends up in a place where the people or activities are making him uncomfortable, he can call you to help arrange an immediate ride home. Here’s why: There’s not a lot of good stuff that happens when teens are out after a certain time of night.