Pros and Cons of Letting Your Teenager Date
Are you thinking about letting your teenager date, but don’t know where to get started? There are many pros and cons of allowing your teenager to date, it’s just a matter of what works best for your family.
Pro – You get to allow your teenager to exercise their independence
It’s safe to say that being a teenager is as close to being an adult as it gets. With that being said, your teenager has to be able to exercise their independence. Dating is a great way to see if your teenager can or cannot handle responsibility or not.
Pro – Your teenager gets to have fun dating and having fun
Not all teenagers are dating to have a physical relationship with someone. Instead, some teenagers are really wanting to date so they can have fun! Adulthood comes quickly, so it only makes sense to allow your teenager to exercise that right to have fun (within reason).
Pro- Your teenager is interested in the opposite sex
Most of the time, teenagers have raging hormones and they’re interested in the opposite sex. Dating can help calm some of those hormones and let them see that the other person is more than something physical. Every teenager has aspects that make them unique. This is a great time for your teenager to discover this.
Con – Your teenager might get their heartbroken
When it comes to dating as a teenager, it’s possible that they will get their heart broken. They will think that the person they’re dating is someone they are going to be with forever. It’s important to have conversations with your teenager about dating in high school. Let them know that it doesn’t need to be forever, but they should enjoy the present.
Con – Teenagers can move pretty quickly
Again, teenagers really don’t have a great concept of the future. They think what is happening now is what will be forever. Teenage relationships have a way of moving very quickly. It’s possible for your teenager to become attached to the person they’re dating on a very emotional level. Are you prepared for something like this?
Con- Dating may become your teenager’s new obsession
Forget what your teenager was like before they started dating. Once given the green light for dating, sometimes all bets are off. Your teenager might become obsessed with the idea of going out and meeting new people their age. You will need to know how to navigate this unknown area of teenage dating.
What pros and cons do you have to let your teenager date? I’d love to hear about all your experiences involving teenage dating.