Help your tween navigate those tricky matters of the heart. No parent looks forward to "the talk" about teen sex or deep discussions about teen love. But there are ways to make these conversations easier. Check out these tips from Rosalind Wiseman, best-selling author, mom and Family Circle columnist, about how to help your child navigate the murky waters of relationships, sex—and, yes, teen love. My year-old son has found his first love.
This article was updated April 26, , but was originally published Feb. Read an updated feature story with information on how social media is affecting teen dating here. Perhaps the thought of all those sweet young couples slow dancing under paper streamers coaxes a nostalgic sigh or two. Ah, reality. What to watch for: Smartphones and social media can lay traps for preteens and young teens. Young teens have especially fragile egos, so negative peer feedback on social media can be especially damaging. The rest are either completely single or talking to someone. Parents should try to stay on top of who their child is talking to or dating, and why — especially with younger teens. This is a prime opportunity to find out what they find appropriate and desirable in a romantic partner, says Crystal Reardon, director of counseling for Wake County Public School System. The group eats dinner together, poses for pictures together and attends the dance together.
It's hard to read the minds of teenage boys not that you would want to , and for that very reason, they're also intimidating to shop for. If you don't want to follow his wish list exactly because you don't want him to know what he's getting where's the fun in that?! Keep scrolling to shop the 50 best gifts for teen boys. Remember the thing I said about '90s-inspired things making great gifts for teen boys?
Orenstein also explores the sexual education of boys and young men through the work of other writers and researchers. Those findings include:. The MeToo movement has started entire new conversations about intimacy and consent.