Tweens and dating
"A 12-year-old who looks 16 isn’t ready to date someone who is 16," Anthony says.You may not love the idea of your child beginning to date, but don't try to pretend it’s not happening.Talking about certain aspects of dating, including sex, doesn’t mean you approve of them.Your teen needs to know exactly how you feel and what you expect.When your teen with ADHD starts dating, it can be an exciting time. Trouble with executive function, including impulsivity, can lead teens with ADHD (also known as ADD) into difficult situations that they don’t know how to get out of.Trouble with social skills may create awkward or unsafe encounters.Instead, if they answer your questions or seem eager to date, you can steer the conversation toward reassuring them that these feelings are normal. Are they just trying to keep up with their friends?
The more you talk to your kids about what it means to be in a healthy relationship, the more likely they are to experience that, whenever they start dating."Parents can be so uncomfortable with the idea of their kid becoming more grown up -- we wish our kids could stay kids," Atkins says.