Parents would tell teens to open doors for dates, "act like a gentleman" (or a lady), or resist letting a date "walk all over" them.
The goal may be to launch their teens on a romantic path happier than their own, Dr. But kids often regard this advice as intrusive, and again, it tended to have the opposite effect.
The teens affected weren't particularly content with their dating relationships. As a single working parent of two, my love life is near the bottom of my list of priorities.
Parents who are involved in stable romantic relationships with spouses or partners tend more than other parents to set rules limiting teen dating behavior, such as curfews, minimum ages for dating, limits on places teens can go and explicit rules against sexual activity, says a new study of 169 parents and 102 teens by Stephanie Madsen, an associate professor of psychology at Maryland's Mc Daniel College.Madsen says, is to emphasize constant, warm oversight over just setting rules.