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He did get asked to a girls choice dance that’s coming up in a few weeks, and I’m excited for him to go out and have fun with friends.I’m giddy mom that gets so excited about this kind of stuff. Lucky for me, I taught my sons’ peers in class last year, and I can get the scoop on who likes who.Gotta push through all of that and conversational-ize! I strongly encourage my kids to be social, to go to youth events, to put down their phones and talk!My oldest just turned 16, and we really haven’t had much experience with this yet, but you better believe I’ve been whispering in his ear to do something!I talk with them about all things sex, we discuss how babies are made at the dinner table with all of our children together, because I want them to know that is off limits to discuss with me.They will jokingly say, “mom’s going to talk about this stuff again…” with a teasing eye roll or something, and I’m ok with that.You simply join and meet people who match you perfectly!
Chat, meet new mates, choose a life partner or just flirt without serious intent.I still feel like a teen, and having had the opportunity to teach teens last year and this year in a Bible study class, they have become my favorite people to hang out with. Our family rule is that dating starts at the age of 16. Couples can form as early as elementary school, and though it’s fairly innocent at that age, and definitely not considered “dating” in my mind, it’s one of the things that as parents we can be supportive of it, on the fence, or against it.I’m so excited to start sharing more thoughts on parenting teens, in a monthly series with a few friends, where they will join me in talking about teen topics, as we share our thoughts/experiences. It’s always been that, they have always known, so that decision was made well in advance. Not sure if it’s because of my chill boys, or because they’ve just always known the family rule. My daughter was “asked out” in 4th grade, and though I thought it was adorable and fairly harmless, she said, “I can’t date til I’m 16” to the boy, and that was that.Parents may not think they need to think about it until it happens, but as with most instances, if you don’t decide in advance, you might make a stressed out making last minute decisions. I’ve been so excited for years for my kids to grow up to be teenagers, and I’m reveling in this moment.
Just like all of the other fun stages of childhood, trying my best to soak it all in….capture it on camera…so I can relive it over and over for years to come. Every parent comes from a different experience and perspective, and I’m anxious to hear what the other ladies share as well.
Yep, it gets complicated FOR SURE, why start it so young??