They want to pair up, at least for a while, to experience what a more serious involvement is like.At this juncture, it can be helpful if parents can provide some guidelines for evaluating the "goodness" of a relationship."-- The Attention question: "Do you both feel listened to when expressing a concern?" -- The Respect question: "Do you both observe comfort and safety limits that each other sets?Remember, in most cases, this relationship education is not addressed in the academic classes that they take in school. I believe parents have a role in helping their son or daughter know how to evaluate this experience.
What should they expect in a relationship, and what should they not want?
Significant dating most commonly begins in late adolescence, ages 15 - 18, during the high school years.
By "significant" I mean when young people want to experience a continuing relationship that involves more interest and caring than the casual socializing or friendship they have known before.
" For example, "Does the other person accept my disagreement without criticizing me or pushing to change my mind?
"Fourth: "Do I like how the other person treats himself or herself in the relationship?