Parents versus teen dating
Debby Mayne started writing professionally in 1992.
Her work has appeared in regional parenting magazines and she has been managing editor of the magazine, "Coping with Cancer." She was also fashion product information writer for HSN.
During college, Mayne worked as an instructor at a fitness center.
Although arguing can be a healthy way of airing differences and working through problems, mean-spirited fighting with harsh words can leave a lasting negative impression on everyone in the family, including the teenagers.
If the parents can't work out their problems and wind up separating or divorcing, the teenagers' world is further rocked and thrown off balance as everything in their lives changes.
Parents who avoid talking to their kids about dating and sex send a dangerous message by staying silent.
Parental disappointment creates conflict and problems in the relationship between them and their teenagers.
It often comes across as anger, giving teenagers the feeling of rejection from the people who were once the most important figures in their lives.Parents need to communicate and educate their children before they hit the teen years, and communication lines need to remain open, or the problems will escalate.