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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.Here’s the everpopular “creep formula”: it is creepy to date anyone younger than (half your age, plus seven years). It would be creepy to date anyone younger than sixteen.Similarly, anyone dating a seventeen year old who is older than (seventeen minus seven is ten, twice ten is twenty) twenty years old, is a creep.The chemistry is good, the conversation is cracking and they are showering you with more affection than Jay-Z did Beyoncé post-. Typical of those with narcissistic tendencies as well as those who are 'in love with love', love bombing is a largely unconscious behaviour.They initiate talk of trips, buy you gifts, compliment you, call you just to say hello, and it goes on like this for a few weeks or months. In some scenarios, it happens because the instigator becomes frightened by the extent of their feelings, and in others, it can come from the more sinister notion of having 'got' the object of their affections.
"The problem with that attitude is that your kid still is a kid.For instance, Atkins suggests asking your child why they think someone acted the way they did, and whether they made a good or healthy choice. It's your job, as their parent, to figure out if your child is ready to handle the level of dating they have in mind.