Today’s Guest Blog comes from Rachel Dack, a relationship expert for Dating
Dack is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC), nationally certified counselor and relationship coach.
How did I get from there to dropping off my own daughter at the doorstep of romance?
Experts say parents can't do much to protect kids from the bumps and bruises of first crushes beyond keeping the lines of communication open and offering comfort.
That's no simple task—kids seem to leapfrog from sweet curiosity about the opposite gender to demanding to know when they're allowed to date to holding hands, kissing and more.
Sometimes your marriage is your marriage- the way you communicate, the way you show affection, the way you handle conflict all may be very different from your neighbor.
However the foundation of every great marriage is very much the same.
But I would never do that to my Dad who would be very upset if I did. When I meet a man and I am without my husband, I’ll place within the first minutes of the conversation that “my husband blablabla… That usually is enough to make my state of mind really clear.
I did the same thing as a girl, talking about my boyfriend (actually existing or not) early on in the conversation. And some people are just not faithful, but contrary to popular opinion, it’s not worse in France than anywhere else (and several studies demonstrate it). It’s in our genes and it’s socially accepted in France.Many parents operate under the belief that their teenagers do not listen to or value what they say.During particularly rebellious phases that occur during adolescence, many parents feel unheard and frustrated, and fail to realize that their teens are still looking to them as a guide and model for relationships.My daughter was 11 when she went to her first school dance.I put on a brave face as she got out of the car in her polka-dot dress (with a denim jacket for her signature swagger). But what I really wanted to say as she disappeared into the crowd of sixth-grade bravado was, "Wait—come back!These are some of the principles we will be focusing on during our marriage weekend.