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Have guided conversations with your kids about dating. Ask them questions like “What do you expect in a relationship?” “How do you want to be treated?” and “How do you plan to treat others in a relationship?” These guided conversations, says Corcoran, are like prethinking: “We need to give them the skills and let them practice before there is a big problem. So kids need to know the words. They need to practice these conversations.”

Dating in Middle School: Tips for Parents

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Have guided conversations with your kids about dating. Ask them questions like “What do you expect in a relationship?” “How do you want to be treated?” and “How do you plan to treat others in a relationship?” These guided conversations, says Corcoran, are like prethinking: “We need to give them the skills and let them practice before there is a big problem. So kids need to know the words. They need to practice these conversations.”