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This tip comes from an article on dating by Tammy Jones at SingleRose.com. When you have teenagers, you have to be able to talk the talk and walk the walk! In other words, practice what you preach. Do not let your teenagers catch you acting like an adolescent, i.e., steaming up the car windows, or getting felt up. I could not say it better! Children learn by example. Set the right example for them. If you do not want them doing it, then do not do it yourself!
There is some truth in this, but a distinction must be made. There is a difference between behavior that is acceptable for children and behavior that is acceptable for adults only. For example, it wouldn't be hypocritical to tell your minor children "don't drink" and then have a glass or two of wine at dinner. If you tell your kids "You are not old enough to have sex yet, it is only for people of [such and such] age who have developed enough emotional maturity and wisdom" and you then follow what you consider age appropriate intimate behavior (in private, away from your children of course) with a date, I would say that is still walking the talk.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|