Today’s Guest Blog comes from Rachel Dack, a relationship expert for Dating Dack is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC), nationally certified counselor and relationship coach.
The relationship between a parent and adolescent serves as a model for relationships.
The quality and strength of the parent-child bond influences the quality of your teen’s other relationships.
In fact, an independent evaluation of the Start Strong program showed that positive parent-child communication predicted positive healthy relationship outcomes among youth.
Most parents of 11-to-14-year-olds don’t feel prepared to talk to their kids about healthy relationships and teen dating violence.
You have the opportunity to teach your teenager how to differentiate between healthy and unhealthy romantic relationships, including warning signs and red flags of unhealthy or abusive relationships.
You may wonder how to bring up matters such as sex and relationships with your children and adolescents.
It is common for parents and other adults to overlook or dismiss these relationships.
However, parents should be attentive to their teens’ needs, experiences and emotions.
Conversations about sex might not come easily at first.