Parenting Series Part 3: What You Need To Know About Teen Dating?

Our guest Dr. Jeff Menzie-Doctor or Clinical Psychologist, Monet Williams-Case Manager with Prince Georges County Family Services, Joelle Gaynor, Teen from Prince Georges County Family Services, they gave our listeners some tips for tonight’s discussion.

All week-long we have covered several topics on parenting. We close out the conversation, to discuss teen dating. Parents, how do you feel about teen dating? Our guest presented some helpful tips for parents and teens. According to health website they develop a few tips for parents…

Dating Tip 1: Take Your Time

Some teens date, some don’t. “Girls need to feel good about themselves before they start to date,” says Charles Wibbelsman, MD, chief of adolescent medicine at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco.

Dating Tip 2: Find Someone Who Likes You Back

Feelings that aren’t returned can make you question everything about yourself. Did you say something wrong? Were you wearing the wrong things? In a healthy relationship, the feelings are mutual.

Dating Tip 3: Know When to Move On

Sometimes you have to admit it, the relationship isn’t working. Maybe the love of your life has turned mean and selfish.

Dating Tip 4: Talk About Facebook Before You Talk on Facebook

Social media puts the ups and downs of dating out there for everyone to see. If you like a guy or he likes you, it’s perfectly OK to ask him not to post things about you online, including pictures. Some things don’t have to be shared with the whole world.

Dating Tip 5: Protect Yourself From Pressure

Pressure is not love, and it’s not even normal. Most teens say they’ve never felt pressured to be in a relationship before they were ready.

Prince George’s County Department of Family Services, Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Division

Prince Georges County, Maryland Safe Dating Program



Contact: 301-265-8423


Dr. Jeff Menzie-Doctor of Clinical Psychology


Monet Gilliam-Case Manager with Prince Georges County Family Services



Joelle Gaynor-Teen from Prince Georges County Family Services