Parental rules for dating

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But you have a harsh, realistic grip on life; and the idea of dating sounds simply exhausting.

Plus, you know that once you officially decide to play this dating game – again – it will be an entirely different, unfamiliar sport. Your friends can’t fathom your resistance, nor do they fully understand the extent of your exhaustion.

Tell them to take a hike, and return to your boxset (or surfboard, or part-time astrophysics degree, or whatever it is you like to do in your precious downtime).

But if you ARE ready to mingle, online dating can be an excellent way to meet someone lovely.

This includes setting ground rules while giving young people options from which they can choose.

It also means being available and open to ongoing conversations.

Let's clear one thing up right away: there's nothing (zero, nada) wrong with being single if you're happy that way.

Your married mates are pestering you to settle down?

Then you rush to get yourself ready as you entertain your child, and then prepare your child’s bag for daycare (if you haven’t done that already).

In my family, there’s an old saying that the teenagers will always come home safe and sound and on time from a date because they know daddy’s waiting on the front porch with a shotgun.

While meant as a joke, the story says something about parents’ age-old concerns for their teens when they begin to date.

We caught up with two local experts on teen relationships and sexuality and asked for their tips on setting guidelines for kids entering the dating game.

Lynn Ponton, University of California San Francisco professor of adolescent psychiatry and author of The Sex Lives of Teenagers and The Romance of Risk, and Nancy Brown, a developmental psychologist and education projects manager for Palo Alto Medical Foundation, both agree: Parents should set the stage for safe dating long before their child becomes a teen.

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