Maybe they’re attentive and chivalrous to you, but treat the waiter, bartender, and/or valet poorly.
Or maybe they claim they’re ready for a long-term relationship, but their wandering eye tells you otherwise.
Yes, the prom as we knew it still exists, but even its drama pales in comparison to today’s boy-girl relationship issues.“It’s not your parents’ dating anymore,” concedes Robin Gurwitch, a clinical psychologist at the Duke Center for Child and Family Health.
“We don’t have the vocabulary and we don’t have the experiences to be able to help.
Like it or not, there are plenty of players on the dating scene.We’re learning this at the same time our children are navigating through it.”What follows is a teen dating primer to help your child — and you — forge the valley between child and young adult.Dating Starts Earlier It’s not unusual for sixth-graders to say, “I have a boyfriend/girlfriend.” Often these relationships develop through texting.It’s up to you to know the signs of the player, know their game, and be confident enough to say “game over.” Here’s how to spot a player: When they approach, they’ll take you off guard with a backhanded compliment/insult along the lines of “you’re too cute to be wearing that” or “I’d buy you a drink, but you probably wouldn’t talk to me.” These tactics are known as The Game.The player’s motive is to take you off guard so that you’re on the defensive and try to make up for it by engaging in their game. Instead of falling for their tactics, simply smile, say “game over,” and walk (better yet, run! While there are no hard and fast dating rules, there are definitely guidelines to follow to make your dating life more enjoyable.By listening to your gut, paying attention to red flags, and understanding that actions speak louder than words, you cut down on wasted dating time.