Dating in high school statistics
They are, in essence, the first responders—the people who our children will look to before coming to us as parents, Corcoran says.
So coupling an adolescent’s risk-taking with his love for reward plus the innate need to establish his own sexual identity can mean that previously innocuous behavior can lead, if unchecked, to high-risk activities. While most people think of dating as getting in the car, picking someone up, and taking them to the movies or dinner, that’s an adult’s definition.One recent study from the University of Georgia evaluated the dating habits of 624 students in grades 6 through 12 from six Georgia school districts over a seven-year period.Students who reported dating since middle school demonstrated the poorest study skills in the group and were four times more likely to drop out of high school.Finally, always remember to set aside time to spend with your children, even if they don’t seem to want to spend it with you.“A parent who regularly spends time with their teen can pick up on changes in mood or dress that you might not pick up on when you are just passing each other in the morning,” Corcoran says. Spending time with your kids really matters.” And don’t worry if you think that they are not listening to you, Corcoran says.