Dating 101: Lessons on Teen Dating
Help your kids develop great dating habits with this mini dating school!
Here on the Dating Divas blog, we focus on dating within marriage, and strongly believe that dating your spouse is crucial to your relationship! That’s what we are ALL about! We know that good dating habits are super important, so why not start teaching them young? Your teens need to know how to treat a date with respect, engage in conversations, plan fun activities and have good manners, all skills that are needed when dating after marriage too!
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To help you out in teaching about teen dating, we’ve teamed up with designer Leslie of Nina Bean Designs to create some bright, fun printables for you! They include a frameable Family Dating Rules printable, Dating Practice Game and a darling Dating 101 Report Card to let your son or daughter know they have passed! Leslie’s bright colors and fun designs are perfect to get your teen excited about The Dating 101 mini-school!
We’ve come up with 3 main lessons to teach your teenager about dating. It might be a good idea to split them up and do them on 3 different occasions. We’ve thrown in ideas for activities and some fabulous resources to help you out as well! So, let’s get started!
Teen Dating 101 is in session!
Lesson 1: The Why and How of Dating
So why do we date? Well as young teenagers, dating is important to learn social skills, and to have FUN! Help your teen understand that it isn’t healthy to get in serious relationships before reaching a certain maturity level. As we get older, dating becomes more about finding love and a companion to settle down with. This could be a fun time to share the dating story of you and your spouse with your kids!
Together with your kids, make a set of family rules for dating. What are your expectations as parents? What time is curfew? At what age do you feel your kids are “date ready?” Do you expect them to date in groups? Setting all of these expectations early will set you up for success.
This would also be a great time to have your teens think about what’s important to them when dating. What kind of person do they want to be dating? How do they want to be treated? What kinds of activities are ok, and what would make them uncomfortable? Help your kids set their own personal standards and expectations for their dates, and teach them about how to be safe and make sure they respect themselves and their dates.
We’ve created a darling Dating Rules printable of general guidelines for dates. This is cute enough to be displayed in your home or teen’s room! We’ve also included a Blank Dating Rules template for you to create your own, family specific rules.
- Establishing Dating Rules with Your Teen
- Is Your Child Ready to Date?
- When Should My Teen Start Dating?
- Expectations for a Healthy Teen Relationship
- Teen Relationships
- Dating Expectations- from a Mother to Her Son
Lesson 2: Preparation Before the Date
An important part of a date is preparation! This includes asking out your date, planning an activity and getting yourself clean — looking and smelling good to present your best self.
Teens are all about texting, but the old-fashioned phone call, or even asking out in person, shows a lot of respect and courage! Do some role playing and have your teen pretend to call and ask someone out. Have them be asked out as well so they know how to accept or respectfully decline an invitation.
“Hanging out” is fun, but oftentimes it leads to boredom, which leads to trouble. Planning different and exciting activities for dates will keep things from getting awkward and will be SO much more fun! If all kids ever do is “hang out,” won’t they do the same when they’re married? It’s great to veg out some nights of course, but if you and your spouse just sit on the couch all the time, you aren’t growing as a couple or making new memories! We want to start those good habits now with your kids!
Help your teen brainstorm some fun date activities. We’ve got tons of ideas on our site that can be adapted for teens. Check out our group date resources below!
- 100 Fun Group Date Ideas
- Four or More: All Dating Divas Group Dates
- 40 Group Dates for Teens
- Group Dating for Teens
Lesson 3: What to Do On the Date
Now it’s time for a lesson on how to act and behave once you are actually on your date! A fun way to do this is to watch a good and bad example, and identify what went well, and what went wrong!
We’ve grabbed two movie clips for you to use, but feel free to use your own!
Bad Date – Despicable Me 2
In this bad date, Gru isn’t being himself, he’s wearing a wig! His date is constantly talking about herself, insulting him, and embarrassing him. She’s also very negative. All things to avoid, of course!! (If you have access the whole movie, you may want to rewind and watch a little more of the date).
You may also want to talk about etiquette and manners, how to eat and behave while you are with your date!
- Meal Etiquette Rules
- Cell Phone Etiquette
- How Rude! A Teenagers Guide to Not Grossing People Out (Book)
- Dating Etiquette Guide- created by a Mother and Daughter
Final Exam: Mock Date
- Frugal Parent and Child Date Ideas
- Mother and Son Date Ideas
- 11 Mother and Son Dates
- 50 Daddy and Daughter Dates
- 20 Father and Daughter Dates
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