Encourage her to develop healthy friendships with many peers -- guys and gals -- rather than focusing her attention on one individual.Your daughter may still not be satisfied with that approach, and that's OK.
We want her to know this is about love, not control, and that we want to help protect her from sexual temptation. I'd approach this situation by normalizing your daughter's desire to "date." A lot of her friends are probably "dating," and having a boyfriend may be a big aspect of popularity.
There's a big difference between two kids who have a crush on each other and an exclusive relationship involving emotional and physical intimacy.
Most 14-year-olds think their parents are out of touch or too strict. But in hindsight, she'll be grateful for your protection during these early teen years.
Q: Do you have a list of questions a father should be asking his daughter's potential boyfriend?
If he continues to pursue your daughter, invite him to spend more time with your family.
That will better enable you to evaluate whether or not he's a worthy suitor. Juli Slattery is a licensed psychologist, co-host of Focus on the Family, author of several books, and a wife and mother of three.
However, explain to her that a lot of the things people do in dating relationships are harmful -- such as frequent breakups, sexting, or sharing too much emotionally or physically.
In addition to putting kids at risk for early sexual activity, dating in the young teen years interferes with the many healthy activities kids this age need to be doing.
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