It’s no secret that teenagers are under intense peer pressure to be dating or in a love relationship. Unfortunately, many have not been well guided, and some are already heartbroken, been pressured into sex, and stuck in abusive relationships. The results indicate that there is an increase in teen pregnancies, teen abortions, STD infection rates, teens running away from home, increase in alcohol and drug abuse, and the jealous teens that put up serious gun fights rather than lose a date.
Every parent knows that dating is an important first step in shaping one’s quality of life, but because of an old tradition, they will hesitate or never teach their children about dating and love relationships. Parents would rather do everything else for their teen sons and daughters but not talk about dating. It is hard to believe. Teen dating is not going to stop. So, rather than shy away from this topic to talk only about their books and talents, it may be better for parents to open up and teach their teens how to make the right dating decisions.
No matter what your opinion is, times have changed and so must we. After all, we know much more about dating than the teens, so why shouldn’t we teach them what we know? Why should we simply wait for the teens to figure out these complex dating puzzles and conflicting opinions? Why don’t we (as a society, one family at a time) abandon this outdated tradition, and help these teens understand the truth, the myths, and the hidden risks involved in the process of dating? Isn’t it better parenting to prepare and empower them to avoid the pitfalls in dating, rather than wait for them to fall in trouble?