Friday Tidings
10/4/13 at 04:27 PM 0 Comments

Wait to Date

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A behavioral study on the dating practices of boys and girls underlines the need to hold-off on allowing kids to get into relationships too soon.

In an upcoming issue of the Journal of Adolescence, researchers pointed out that younger kids (ages 11-to 11.5) who had gotten into “dating” relationships exhibited significantly more abnormal or delinquent behavior as they aged.

Some of these behaviors included lying, cheating, picking fights, truancy, running away, and other disobedient acts. Not surprisingly, they were also far more likely to become sexually active and suffer the consequences.

When boys and girls delayed their dating experiences until they were almost 13, they were less likely to suffer as many disobedient tendencies. What’s the best time for youngsters to date? Well, even though researchers labeled them “late bloomers” teens that waited until they were almost 15 to get involved in relationships were the least likely to suffer delinquent behavior.

It may seem that parents can’t control what happens while their kids are at school, but parents can choose to talk to their kids.

Parents continue to rank high in the influences in their children’s lives. Advise them to wait to date—and why youthful romance has a dark side.

Maturity comes with years, and romantically entangled youngsters just provide them with more opportunities for failure.

As parents, grandparents, teachers, and youth leaders, we need to support activities that keep youth focused on healthy relationships—instead of the romantic traps that snare unspecting kids.

Details: Wall Street Journal article.

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