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Yep, it gets complicated FOR SURE, why start it so young??
Here’s what gets tricky…in this day and age with texting so much, the art of communication is getting lost, and it seems people aren’t dating as much just for fun.
It doesn’t have to be serious, or because you are a couple with someone, just GO!
Yes, it’s scary and awkward and complicated at times, but it’s so important for growth and learning, and stepping into adulthood!
I talk with them about all things sex, we discuss how babies are made at the dinner table with all of our children together, because I want them to know that is off limits to discuss with me.
They will jokingly say, “mom’s going to talk about this stuff again…” with a teasing eye roll or something, and I’m ok with that.
Parents may not think they need to think about it until it happens, but as with most instances, if you don’t decide in advance, you might make a stressed out making last minute decisions. I’ve been so excited for years for my kids to grow up to be teenagers, and I’m reveling in this moment.
Just like all of the other fun stages of childhood, trying my best to soak it all in….capture it on camera…so I can relive it over and over for years to come. Every parent comes from a different experience and perspective, and I’m anxious to hear what the other ladies share as well.
Either way, I will love and support, and encourage them every step of the way.
I’ll part with a picture of myself and my teenage boys. I love their goodness, their thoughtfulness, and though they’ve got much learning in the art of communication ahead of them, I know they will figure it out. Dating is an important aspect of life…you gotta do it!
As much as I adore them, and secretly wish they don’t grow up and leave me, I want them to spread their wings, and eventually get married, and you can’t do that without dating!
It can be uncomfortable for them, but I want to push through that, so they know I am not uncomfortable with it.
I ask them what words they may hear at school that they don’t know what it means, and I tell them. I want them to know that kissing is great, and totally encouraged, but it’s important to practice self control beyond that.
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Though I’m VERY excited to talk about it, I have to also be very careful, to respect my children, and their privacy. I think she was flattered, maybe thought the boy was cute, but she knew she wasn’t up for that, and had an easy fall back of “I’m not allowed to.”In my head, I was kinda like….”well, you could have…” and thought it was sweet, but after thinking about it more, I was very impressed with her for being so mature.