Against teen dating
And–try not to gasp–I not only let my kids watch Spongebob, but watch it with them.As a Catholic homeschooling mom, I’ve known for a while I’m probably more slack than most with my kids.
These girls reported, overwhelmingly, multiple challenges and sources of stress—violence, dating, peer pressure, depression, lack of self-esteem, and family or cultural expectations. We eat condensed soup from a can–sometimes, literally from the can. At least once a week, I’m too tired to cook so I let my kids “forage” for dinner.Everyone deserves to be in a healthy and safe relationship.Communication is key to exercising mutual respect, establishing healthy boundaries and understanding each other’s needs.And unless a person is young age, nothing spiritually or emotionally good comes from dating in your teens.
I felt called to write about this because it seems kids today are dating at earlier and earlier ages.
Teen dating violence [PDF 187KB] is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking. Teen dating violence (physical and sexual) among US high school students: Findings from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships.
It can occur in person or electronically and might occur between a current or former dating partner. Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on a teen’s emotional development.
That’s Not Cool is an award-winning national public education campaign managed by FUTURES to engage young people online around healthy relationships and the prevention of digital abuse.
The program’s interactive website, tools, and resources support young people as they learn to recognize, avoid, and prevent dating violence in their lives.
And I’m okay with that, because I LOVE our jello-for-dinner and Spongebob-laden family culture.