Most parents are very well-meaning. They want to help their children as much as possible. However, one day that parents become clueless is around Valentine’s Day. They might not remember the angst, pain, and struggles that come from being a single teen around early February. If your teen child is single on Valentine’s Day, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Family Love Isn’t the Same
I was single on Valentine’s Day several times as a teen. And, family members always wanted to remind me how much they cared through gifts, cards, etc. I appreciated it and enjoyed the chocolates and other candies. But, it wasn’t the same. I was still depressed and candies from family just didn’t cut it.
Valentine’s Depression Is Real
It’s hard enough being a teen the other 364 days. But, that day of the year when you’re expected to have a significant other and be “in love” to fit in makes it even harder when you don’t live up to expectations. And, most teens don’t. If your son or daughter is single realize that if they seem down, it’s likely real.
You Can Help Your Child
You still can be helpful to your single child. While you don’t want to lecture or force anything, you can find ways to be supportive. For example, offer to help with a new wardrobe, take your teen on a trip, and so on. Also, if you know a nice boy or girl, ask your teen if he or she would like to be set up for a date. If you do this, make sure to ask first. No one wants to be set up with someone they don’t find attractive.
So, with Valentine’s Day coming up, if your child is single, make sure to handle it correctly. There is nothing worse than a well-meaning parent making a teen’s already bad experience worse!