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Dating older men is not a new trend see: any red carpet event in the past few decades. But when it comes to teen dating, the stakes are high. Many of us say when it comes to how old we are, age is just a. But when it comes to who our teenage daughters are dating, and who they fall in love with, let's be honest, age does matter.
How comfortable would you be if your year-old daughter was dating a year-old boy? Or if your year-old daughter was dating an older man, say, one in in his 40s? By the way, these 5 sex-related questions are essential to ask your older teen.
With some celebrity couples having large age gaps, there is cause for parents to wonder how they would feel if their teenage daughter was dating someone old enough to be their parent, how they would handle it and if there is need for concern. Dane Cook, a year-old actor has been dating year-old singer, Kelsi Taylor. As a mom to High school girl dating older guy year-old, my daughter's happiness is the most important thing to me of course, and my teenager daughter dating an older boy of a year or two I could understand.
But I wouldn't be comfortable if she was dating someone over 20 years her senior. It would make me wonder if her father or I had failed her in some way or if she was acting out in need of some other attention she never got as. I want her to be with someone who is on her level and able to go through life experiences with her. We spoke with experts on the subject who offered some advice for parents for how to talk to teenage daughter about dating and sexhow to prevent your teen daughter from dating older men, and how to cope with it if this happens. Clinical psychologist Carla Marie ManlyPh.
Many of them "unknowingly" seek love and affection from age-inappropriate man to feel a "sense of being fathered and protected," she says. Most much older men who seek out younger women, especially teenagers, do so because of a need to "control the person who is seeking love and attention," says Manly. And whether the older person is male or female, they often feel an "ego-boost as a result of having captured a younger person," she explains.
As we get older, age gaps matter less but it's important to note that teenagers benefit most from relationships with those who are the same age as "it's vital to have similar emotional, cognitive, and physical maturity levels when dating," says Manly.
Discover how you might be able to tell if your daughter is sexcasting. Bringing up the conversation can be tough, but Clark suggests talking about some "hopeless love experiences you've had. If your child feels like you are lecturing them, you are more likely to lose them as soon as you start talking. Manly adds the best thing you can do to prevent your daughter from being drawn to an age-inappropriate partner is to "provide consistent, loving parenting" as sound parenting helps grow confident children and will naturally draw our kids to date people their own age.
Let them know the older person is often "controlling, needy and dependent," Manly says. Our teenage girls have social media to lure them towards older males these days so it's important to pay attention to what they are doing and who they are talking to as well.
Clark says teens have "limited emotional psychological, and cognitive development" which can make them "rebellious, awkward, moody, and make them have a very limited ability to calculate risks. It's important to make this an ongoing conversation that doesn't just happen when you find out your teenager is falling for a someone old enough to be their parent. If you aren't talking about it, you can make them feel like it's a subject they can't bring up, and "the moment you make it taboo, you lose your credibility as a sensible sounding board," says Clark.
Clark adds that fathers need to have a presence in these conversations, too, and High school girl dating older guy talking to their daughter about their "crushes" at an early age and show involvement. Clark says if your daughter is already seeing someone much older and you aren't comfortable, you have to live with it. The right thing to do in this case is "support and educate" them as it's entirely possible to "support your child even if you wholeheartedly disagree," says Clark.
When our kids know they are supported, that is what leaves a lasting impression on them. If you are "deemed approachable," says Clark, "you have a better chance of exploring the pitfalls of relationships with people at differing maturity levels.
Don't speak negatively about the person they are seeing yes, even if your teenager daughter dating an older boy or manbut don't let them come to dinner either. This way you are setting boundaries within your comfort zone without disrespecting their partner. By Katie Bingham-Smith. Save Pin FB More. Credit: Photo by Getty Images. Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Close this dialog window Add a comment. Add your comment Cancel Submit. Back to story Comment on this project. Tell us what you think Thanks for adding your feedback. Close in. All rights reserved.
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