Enforcing rigid gender stereotypes or engaging in harmful relations ourselves can set our kids up for relationship woes later on.Talking about relationships once they reach school age is step two. ” Share your values, but be sure to ask your child what he thinks creates a healthy, loving relationship.She looked nonchalantly out her window as their car crossed a small bridge. “I would like to ask you a very personal question and give you the freedom not to answer if you don’t want to.” He paused, waiting for her reply. Our junior high and high school age teens don’t date anyone exclusively.
As difficult as it may be to admit, LGBTQ people – including LGBTQ youth – can be and are perpetrators of violence as well as its victims, and too often, that violence occurs in the context of romantic and/or sexual relationships.Unfortunately, most studies of IPV in the LGBTQ community focus exclusively on adults, and most studies of teen dating violence fail to take into account respondents’ sexual orientation or gender identity.The limited data available on LGBTQ teen dating violence, however, is cause for concern.What can a parent do to make sure their dating teens are happy and safe?We caught up with two local experts on teen relationships and sexuality and asked for their tips on setting guidelines for kids entering the dating game.