The 2013 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey found approximately 10% of high school students reported physical victimization and 10% reported sexual victimization from a dating partner in the 12 months* before they were surveyed. All too often these examples suggest that violence in a relationship is normal, but violence is never acceptable.
Dating customs have changed since you were a teenager.
Even if your son is mooning over a certain girl, most 12-year-olds aren’t really ready for the one-on-one interaction of a true relationship.
For eighth-graders, dating likely means lots of time spent talking on the phone and hanging out in groups.
While there may be the occasional romantic twosome among the members, the majority are unattached.But these feelings are leading your child towards a deeper capacity to care, share and develop intimate relationships.There isn’t a ‘right age’ to start having relationships – every child is different, and every family will feel differently about this issue.But here are some averages: Many teenagers spend a lot of time thinking and talking about being in a relationship.Unhealthy relationship behaviors often start early and lead to a lifetime of abuse.You might not feel ready for this, but you have an important role in guiding and supporting your child through this important developmental stage.