Eighteen is way too late to talk to your children about this. By time they are
18 they have been involved in the dating screen at least two years - which means
they have already had the potential to be involved with abusive partners. You need to talk to your children early and often.
It is good to speak to your daughters as well as your sons about safe dating
practices. We should tell them about how respectful behavior is an indicator of
how well a prospective date will behave later on. It is also a good idea to
tell our young people that there should not be any rush to get married. Dating
is the time to get to know a prospective mate, and getting to know someone takes
time. A good time frame is 6 months of dating, or at least knowing that person.
Those who get married sooner, or say they had 'love at first sight',
run the risk of marrying someone who has no patience or desire to come to
understand the one they are dating. Building a relationship takes time. Do
take time to get to know 'that special someone'. It won't hurt,
and you'll have all eternity together if you do this right.