Child dating rules
That's where you come in: Be sure to talk to your child often about what your expectations are, whether they concern sex or drinking or relationships.And ask your teen to think about what she would do if she weren't in a group, says Sabrina Weill, author of The Real Truth About Teens and Sex.
"He pulls in and gets on his cell phone and says, ‘I'm here,'" Beck recalls.
But that doesn't mean kids aren't sexually active: Studies have found that some 50 percent of teenagers, ages 15 to 19, have engaged in oral sex.
"I have an 11-year-old middle schooler who came home saying that a boy wanted her to have oral sex with him in the parking lot," says Tonja Krautter, a psychologist in Los Gatos, California, who works with adolescents.
Then waiting for him to come to the house to pick you up? "Even the concept of dating is outdated," says Beth-Marie Jelsma, a psychotherapist in Rochester, New York.
Remember sitting by the phone, waiting for a boy to call and ask for a date?
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