Being in a couple means talking, listening, accommodating, sharing feelings, empathy, negotiating and learning coping skills for dealing with all kinds of negative emotions (e.g., disappointment, jealousy, vulnerability, anxiety, sacrifice).If parents weren't so worried about sex and a potential slump in grades, they'd realize that dating can produce a huge enhancement to their teen's "emotional intelligence" quotient.
Parents must set up expectations for the teen and, most importantly, be there to talk with their child about any problems or conflicts that come up.
A parent who looks at dating from their teenager's point of view will be better able to understand what their teen is going through.
A broken heart (remember Romeo and Juliet were 14) can hurt as much, or more, than love at older ages. RELATED: When should you start talking to your kids about sex?
What should parents know about the benefits of dating?
Many teens will not admit it, but a parent's input plays a significant role in their lives.