Alesia Montgomery - Boys Town National Training
We have all seen the giddy teenage girl at the mall with her boyfriend with hearts floating
above her head. Unfortunately, this is just as common as seeing a brooding young man
who thinks his life is over because things didn’t work out.
Dating relationships can be a great experience for teens, allowing them to learn skills to
stay healthy in a relationship. As adults it is important that we teach kids how to build
a strong relationship from the ground up or know when to walk way.
Share these tips with a teen to help keep them safe:
Use these tips to teach kids more about honesty and trustworthiness.
Share this fun video as an example of having self-confidence and ask your students to make a list of characteristics they are proud of.
“Complimentary con lines” are thinly veiled “come-on” statements or outright lies used to seduce someone in some way. Con language is usually graphic and controlling. The person tries to get the upper hand by controlling the others’ emotions. An honest compliment is an expression of admiration, praise or respect with no strings attached!
Use the lesson plans in Unmasking Sexual Con Games available from Boys Town Press to teach teens the difference between a con and a compliment.
Have your kids brainstorm healthy ideas for group activities that will allow for friendship building in safe environments. For resources on helping teens build positive friendships, get Friend Me! 10 Awesome Steps to Fun and Friendship from Boys Town Press.
Help teens learn to clearly express their physical, emotional, sexual and spiritual boundaries. Use this activity to help kids identify what means the most to them, preparing them to stay true to themselves in a relationship.
Hopefully, these tips will help you teach your teen to begin a new healthy relationship, improve a current dating relationship, OR reveal to them that it’s time to “pack it up” and move on. Visit Boys Town Press for more resources on healthy relationships!