I also gave my son a few example questions he could ask his date to make him feel less anxious about maintaining the conversation.
Acknowledging your teen’s anxiety about dating will help them have a more positive and relaxed time.
Always teach your children that if they don’t have anything nice to say, they shouldn’t say anything at all.
It’s important from a young age that we teach our children the value of their own bodies.
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?
Are they confident and able to take care of themselves? Do they look physically more mature than they are, emotionally?
Notice what "dating" seems to mean to your child and then talk about it.
Michelle Anthony, Ph D, a developmental psychologist and learning therapist in Denver, suggests an opening line like: “It sounds like a lot of kids are talking about dating now. ” If you can't tell what dating means to your kid, try discussing dating as shown on TV shows or in movies that are age-appropriate.