The time has come and if you're normal, you're probably freaking out about how to handle your millennial (16-24) entering the dating world. Just remember, this is new to them as well, which is why it is very important for you to help teach them what a good relationship means.
Television and movies are often not realistic, yet for many millennials, they assume that is how dating is supposed to be. Unfortunately for many parents, the media rarely leaves a kiss as simply a kiss. It seems like in movies, 8 times out of 10, a first kiss leads to the couple being in bed together mere moments later. If the media is where your millennial is learning their dating advice from, let's just say, it's going to be a wild ride.
Keep the communication open between yourself and your millennial. Make sure to emphasize how they should treat people and expect to be treated. Go over what's okay and what's not okay. They need to understand that a relationship is a 2-way street. Help them understand the signs of a potential bad relationship so that they know how to get out if they ever find themselves in that situation. Also, remember, they will get their heart broken eventually and whether they admit it or not, they will need you.
Make sure to be a role model. If you're currently married, try to show by example of what it means to have trust and respect for each other. Talk to them about previous relationships and why it didn't work and the importance of not rushing into something.
You might not like the person your teen is dating, but try to be supportive. Sometimes people need to make their own mistakes in order to learn. Hopefully, your millennial understands enough about what a healthy relationship is to make their own smart decisions. But if you ever fear that your millennial is in a dangerous relationship, then it's imperative that you intervene. Hopefully you'll never find yourself in that situation.
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