10 Tips for Parents :: TIP 5&6

The SRA (sexual risk avoidance) community has reviewed research about parental influences on children's sexual behavior and talked to many experts in the field, as well as to teens and parents themselves. From research, it is clear that there is much parents and adults can do to help their children choose sexual integrity. 

Many of these ideas presented in this blog series will seem familiar because they articulate what parents already know from experience, like the importance of maintaining strong, close relationships with children and teens, setting clear expectations for them, and communicating honestly and often with them about important matters. Research supports these common sense ideas. DCO hopes that these tips can increase the ability of parents to help their children choose sexual integrity.

So for the month of October, we will be releasing blog post titled 10 Tips for Parents throughout the month! If you have somehow stumbled across this blog, today is TIP FIVE & SIX. 



Discourage early, frequent and steady dating

Group activities among young people are fine and often fun, but allowing teens to begin one-on-one dating much before the age of 16 can lead to trouble. Let your child know about your strong preference about this throughout childhood - don't wait until your young teen proposes a plan that differs from your preferences in this area; otherwise, he or she will think you just don't like the particular person or invitation.


Take a strong stand against your daughter or son dating someone significantly older than they are. And don't allow them to develop strong intense feelings for someone significantly younger than them either. 

Most often, older guys can seem glamorous to a young girl. But the risk of matters getting out of hand increases when the guy is much older than the girl. Try setting limits of no more than a two (or at most three) year age difference. The maturity differences between older boys and young men and younger girls and young women can lead to risky situations, including non-marital and unwanted sexual activities. 

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