Dating ~ Parent

Does this sound like your teen?

Warning Signs of Unhealthy Relationships:

  • Sudden lack of interest in school activities
  • Failing grades
  • Sudden, drastic change in clothing, make-up, etc.
  • Nervous body language (slouching, nail-biting, avoiding eye contact)
  • Unexplained bruises or marks
  • Change in diet
  • Increased anxiousness or depression
  • Disinterest in friendships, becoming isolated
  • Excessive phone calling, texting, computer usage

Less than 25% of teens say they have discussed dating violence with their parents.

Expressing concern for your teenager’s relationship is the first step toward helping them.

How Can I Help My Child?

  • Discuss healthy and unhealthy relationships before your child starts dating.
  • Ask your child about their view on relationships (what they see at school, on TV, etc.)
  • Be supportive of their decisions in the relationship and offer support.
  • Educate yourself on domestic and dating violence.
  • Work with your teenager on developing a safety plan. For help, check out our Dating Violence Safety Planning Sheet.

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Remember….

They are young and relationships are tough, even for adults. They may be hesitant to involve you for fear that you will be upset or disappointed in them. Assure them this is not the case. They are not alone. You are not alone, as well.

For support during this difficult time, please contact us at (800) 791-4000, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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