Through experimentation, teenagers are able to scramble through a jungle of identities, discovering what works and what doesn’t. If you're creative, get involved with a writing group or join the band. If you are a honor roll student and member of the key club, but you're interested in the slacker in the back row, you will have conflicted interests.Here are just four reasons high school dating is good for teenagers. High school dating relaxes the barrier that social media seems to create. Teens who experience a variety of relationships in high school will be more prepared for college and adulthood. Talk to your friends, talk to an expert, and talk to your teenager. Also learn to recognize the signs of trouble in your teenager’s dating relationship. If that’s the case, dislodge the nagging fear that your teen will die in the company of twenty-seven cats. Your goal is to support your teen, while still looking out for his or her best interests.
Also, if something goes wrong, you'll need your core group of friends to hold you up and be there for you. Having middle men and friends that like to interfere ('help') only makes problems worse. Whether you're 15 or 55, keeping open communication with the person you're dating is absolutely essential.
Once you know your boundaries, demand that they be respected. Sometimes the strongest boundaries are mental, or emotional. That's not to say that you can't form a lasting relationship at a young age, it just means that you need to be ready for long distance and a whole new set of problems as an adult.
Try not to make a relationship your whole world because it will limit your experience in other areas of life.
My name is Shallon and I’m here to help you with all the questions you might have about love, lust, romance, and everything in between.
I’m a California girl living here in New York City where I write for Star magazine and Gossip Girl, and I just published my second book called "Exes and Ohs." It’s a hilarious, awkward, and embarrassingly true collection of dating memoirs — yes, based on my own life.