Dating rules 101

Dating rules 101

One of the teen trends is to socialize in groups. Your teen may not be talking, but usually one of them is. With time, a no-strings hookup could turn into something more. Parents allow more freedom when they don't think dating or sexual interests are part of the mix.

Moxie works for ladies too

If we stay respectful and keep sniffing around the perimeter of their social worlds, we'll usually learn something of their romantic world. Turn on the television Gone are the days when dates had to be an elaborate night out at a buzzy restaurant or club.

By accident, you may hear some names that crop up more and more. Text away, just keep them in check Forget calling someone. Be there for support, distraction and soothing. This is where the parent network can really come in handy. With Facebook, Twitter and some minor sleuthing, anyone can be tracked down.

What hasn't changed over the decades is that sexual and romantic interests start at or before puberty. Moxie works for ladies, too One of the first times Foltz took the initiative and asked a guy out, it went really well. It saves you time figuring out if this is the right person. Parents need information, and the teens need freedom.

Tamara Beckwith Time to throw the dating rule book out the window. Cool-headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens and Teens. All we can do is try to strike up conversations that may give us some clues over time.

What hasn't changed

We asked Kastner for the answers you need to know. And once people started broaching politics, she says, other taboos, such as keeping past relationships to yourself, began to get ditched too.