Lastly, remember, you are the parent and it's your house, your rules.

Don't be afraid to have your teenager mad at you occasionally, it's part of the parenting process.

My daughter told me yesterday that she has been dating, a 16 year old boy who is gothic and skips school, for months now. What should I say about this interesting relationship?

Thanks for the help, Virginia from Atlanta, GATell her why people date.

Have some things planned that you can do with her or with her friends.

If you simply say no, more than likely she will rebell and this could cause more problems. Talk to the school counselor, his counselor and parents.

I can't say that I'd be letting my 13 year old daughter date anybody.

Since you asked, I would say this, "You are too young to date.

(12/12/2006) By Me From my own experiences as a child, if my parents tried to break up a friendship between me and someone, I liked them that much more. I try to get them to stay for supper, and just be super nice to her.

So far, both boys, have only had one girl each that I didn't like so much, but after having the girl over as much as possible, the boys soon tired of them.

Unfortunately, it is unaccompanied by the same rate of mental growth in judgment-making or abstract reasoning.

It is critical that you set the boundaries for her, that you parent her.

Most of the gothic students at our high school are not into schoolwork or being respectful. They aren't all bad kids, some just want to belong, and this is a phase for them.