We’ve highlighted five topics of conversation you can bring up with your kids to encourage them to respect themselves and others.Each topic includes “teachable moments” where it might be natural to strike up this conversation with your child, some questions you can use to start the conversation, and some “talking points” you might want your child to take away from your conversation.As always, we know that you know your child best, and you can adapt our topics and ideas to your own relationship in a way that feels comfortable for you.
Talking early and often with your kids gives you the chance to promote a positive message about what rights and responsibilities they have in a healthy relationship.
Having these conversations often and from a young age can help your child’s self-respect so that when they start dating, they know what they have a right to expect from their partners.
You know your child best, so look at some of our ideas for starting these conversations and think about how you would adapt them for your child’s age, maturity, and personality.
You’re in the best position to know how to have these conversations in a way that feels open, honest, and natural with your child.
Talking with your kids about healthy relationships is such an important part of preventing dating violence, and by being proactive and starting this conversation early, you can have a huge impact on how your child approaches all of his or her relationships.
Often it’s tempting to wait to talk about these tough issues until our kids bring them up.
But starting the conversation from an early age and talking often is the best way to teach your children before they start dating what rights they have in a relationship.
There are lots of ways that you can promote healthy relationship behaviors with your kids before they start dating.
You can bring up these talking points at dinner, in the car, or use “teachable moments” from TV, books, and movies to start these conversations with your child.
Studies have shown that teens who are experiencing abuse are more likely to tell a friend about it than a parent, coach, or teacher.
So assure your child that he or she can always talk to you about their relationships, but remind them that there are other anonymous, safe sources they can look to for support.