Why are parents concerned about dating
In order to deal with this, parents must have good communication with their child, which may require outside help.If your child is having sex in her early teens, Connolly suggests that parents speak with a family counsellor or a social worker."Dating can be exciting and high energy but [generally] kids tend to prevent each other from becoming too intimate in those situations." Despite the statistics, there are some adolescents who become "couples" and engage in "heavy activities" such as petting or actual intercourse.
And if she is not - and even if she is just not interested yet-that is perfectly normal too.In her study published in the Journal of Research on Adolescence, Connolly found the majority of 12- and 13-year-old adolescents were largely confined to sexually "light activities." These include hugging, holding hands, and kissing.The study also found that three out of four young teens have never sexually touched or been touched above or below the waist.Connolly suggests encouraging your child to hang out with their friends at your house where you can monitor them and watch them interact.
If you think your child is being abused, you need to engage your child in an open discussion in order to help. "But I didn't start dating until I was 18," says Mom. According to one survey, nearly half of teens between the ages of 11 to 14 years old are dating.