Be a good role model for your teen regarding the appropriate way to treat -- and be treated by -- the opposite sex, advises Dr.Gail Saltz, a psychiatrist at the New York Presbyterian Hospital."But one of the things you need to do are minimal encouragers, where you let the other person know, I'm hearing what you're saying.I'm interested in what you're saying, with what you're doing right now.So when they get into the date, they start just giving all of that up. My ex did this, my ex did that.' Or they start telling too much about themselves. If they're just rolled over on their heels, those are all serious don'ts."Dr. You give it all up at first, like my mom used to tell my sisters, 'Why buy cow if you get the milk free.' "Wednesday morning on The Early Show, Dr.Phil says you don't want to be somebody you're not. "I don't care if you answer that from a moral standpoint or some other standpoint. Phil returns with his wife, Robin, to talk about couples who are stuck in a relationship rut.The life strategist offers advice on a wide range of topics, including marital, financial and self-image issues.Tiffany Raiford has several years of experience writing freelance.
Go over the rules of teen dating etiquette with both your son and daughter.When your teen sees his dad treating you with kindness and respect, he is more likely to treat girls and women the same way.The same goes for the way you treat his father; if he sees you treating his dad with kindness and respect, he’s more likely to expect that treatment from girls and women as he gets older. When she learns to be proud of herself, to respect herself and to value her self-worth, she is less likely to engage in risky dating behavior, including sex and violence.Whether you are the parent of a teen boy or girl, you need to teach your teen proper dating etiquette.This isn’t just about holding doors open for ladies and using manners during dinner; it’s about respect, courtesy and what’s appropriate when it comes to dating as a teen.He will learn compromise, friendship, love and respect when you are good role models of each. Do this by praising her good behavior, disciplining her when she misbehaves, treating her with respect and trusting her.Additionally, talk to her about her self-worth and help her build the confidence she needs to remember that her own self-worth is more important than how others perceive her.Teen dating might not be something you want to think about since you’d rather go with the theory that your teen isn’t dating until she’s around 50.But, it’s better to prepare your teen for the world of dating than not.Her writing focuses primarily on articles relating to parenting, pregnancy and travel.Raiford is a graduate of Saint Petersburg College in Florida.