Tweens and dating

That doesn’t mean dating can’t be a positive experience for your teen, however.

Your child just might need a little more guidance from you.

When your teen with ADHD starts dating, it can be an exciting time. Trouble with executive function, including impulsivity, can lead teens with ADHD (also known as ADD) into difficult situations that they don’t know how to get out of.

Trouble with social skills may create awkward or unsafe encounters.

Assure her she can call you anytime she feels uneasy or unsafe, and you’ll come and get her, no questions asked.

She can tell the person she’s with that she has an early curfew that night, or that she’s not feeling well and needs to go home.Be direct, so trouble with focus doesn’t keep your teen from taking in what you’re saying.Also, try not to sound judgmental when sharing your views.Group dating is good practice for exercising good judgment.It can also help kids stay safe and make better decisions.If your child has a smartphone, make sure she sets a reminder before going out.

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