Start Dating a older teen

Dating a older teen

Show your child lots of love and support Your love and support are essential for your child’s self-esteem.

Achieving independence is an essential part of your child’s journey to adulthood.

To make this journey successfully, children need freedom to try new things. Here are some ideas to help you and your child find the right balance.

How your child develops independence, and how you guide this process, will be influenced by your family’s cultural background and beliefs. You and your child are both learning how to balance growing independence with parental guidance.

Being aware that your child might be working hard to balance expectations of family members with expectations of friends is a good place to start the balancing act. Go easy on yourselves if things aren’t perfect all the time.

This is another chance to boost your child’s self-esteem, and show that you value his input.

When it comes to big decisions that impact on your child – for example, about school, further study, staying out late and so on – try to make those decisions with your child, not for her.

Your child might not always want physical affection from you.

But you can show your love and support by: Respect your child’s feelings and opinions Try to tune into your child’s feelings.

It’s OK to admit you’re having difficulties – seek help if you need it.

Speak with your GP, your child’s school counsellor or call Parentline on 1300 301 300.

In this short video, parents and teenagers separately discuss what age is appropriate for teenagers to do different independent activities.