Lesson Dating and Setting Limits What are the things a person should decide before beginning a dating relationship? Lesson Lesson Objectives In this lesson, you will.

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Dating and Setting Limits
What are the things a person should decide
before beginning a dating relationship?
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Lesson Objectives
In this lesson, you will learn to:
• Identify behavior in a dating relationship that will
enhance the dignity relating to marriage
• Establish strategies for maintaining safe and healthy
dating relationships
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Dating
Reasons for Dating
• Dating provides opportunities to develop social skills, such
as communicating and interacting with a person of the
opposite gender.
• It allows people to learn more about themselves.
• Some people discover new interests, reaffirm their values,
and start thinking about the type of person with whom they
might like to build a future.
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Dating
Infatuation and Affection
• Sometimes when a teen is attracted to someone, an
infatuation develops.
• Although such feelings are natural, it is important not to
mistake them for genuine affection.
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Ways of Expressing Affection
• Communicating with and listening to
each other
• Holding hands
• Hugging
• Spending quality time together
Dating
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Dating
Deciding to Date
There’s no reason to let anyone pressure you into dating if
you’re not ready for it. Some teens choose not to date because:
• They’re shy around persons of the opposite gender.
• They have other interests or time commitments.
• Their family traditions or values don’t allow it.
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Dating
Group Dating
As a way of easing into dating, many teens go out with groups
of friends of both genders. Being part of a group:
• Allows teens to develop and practice their social skills without
having the pressure of focusing on only one person.
• Takes some of the attention away from the individual, helping
him or her relax.
• Relieves the pressure of being alone with someone new.
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Dating
What to Do on a Date
• What you decide to do on a date depends on the person you
are with and your common interests.
• If you don’t know the person well, a movie might be a good
choice.
• Going out to dinner or to a school dance are also good
options.
• You might also try attending a sports event such as a
baseball game.
• When you get to know each other, you will probably find
activities that both you and your date enjoy.
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Sports or Athletic Activities
• You can consider a date that includes
athletic activities such as horseback
riding, cycling, hiking, and bowling.
• Athletic activities promote health and
provide a way for dates to share and
develop common interests.
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Community Activities
What you and your date could do within your community:
• Visit the zoo or a local museum.
• Go to concerts or plays.
• Sign up for a painting, dancing, or photography class
together at a local community center.
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Charitable Activities
• Volunteering together can help build
strong friendships and dating
relationships.
• It allows you and your date to
contribute to the community in
positive ways.
• Volunteering is also a great option
for group dates.
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Avoiding Risk Situations
Know where
you’re going and
what you will be
doing.
Find out who else
will be there.
Discuss what time
your parents
expect you home.
Avoid places
where alcohol
and other drugs
are present.
Understand the
role of individual
responsibility
regarding
personal risk
behaviors.
Avoid being alone
with a date at
home or in an
isolated place.
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Dating Relationships
Healthful Behaviors in a Dating Relationship
• Some teens choose to have an ongoing dating relationship
with only one person.
• This type of relationship may help you develop skills and
behaviors that will someday help you mature into a
thoughtful caring adult who can commit to a relationship.
• However, remember that your teen years are a time for
trying many different roles and relationships.
• Although beginning and ending dating relationships can be
difficult, such experiences help you mature emotionally.
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Setting Limits
Importance of Setting Limits
• Your parents or guardians may set limits regarding your
dating relationships, such as a curfew to protect your health
and safety.
• As you mature, you’ll need to know how to set your own
limits.
• You need to set limits with your date regarding places you’ll
go, how you’ll get there, and what you will do.
• Setting such limits and making them clear before a date
helps you avoid potentially risky situations.
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Setting Limits
Setting Limits on Sexual Activity
• Communicate your limit on sexual activity and be clear and
firm about your decision to practice abstinence.
• You can make this task easier by developing and rehearsing
avoidance techniques and refusal skills.
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Quick Review
Q. For which of the following reasons do students
choose not to date?
1. They are shy about dating issues
2. Their hearts have been broken before, and they
need to take time and space for themselves
3. They are simply not interested in dating
4. All of the above
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Quick Review - Answer
A. 4. All of the above
Students choose not to date because they are shy about
dating issues, their hearts have been broken before, and
they are simply not interested in dating.
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Quick Review
Q. Which of the following does not help you to avoid
high-risk dating situations?
1. Knowing where you’re going and what you will be
doing
2. Finding out who else will be there
3. Leaving all your money at home so you’ll be sure not
to have to pay
4. Discussing with your parents what time you’ll be
home
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Quick Review - Answer
A. 3. Leaving all your money at home so you’ll be
sure not to have to pay
Avoiding high-risk dating situations requires all of the
following except: Leaving all your money at home so
you’ll be sure not have to pay. It’s a good idea to make
sure you have money with you in case something goes
wrong and you need to call home for a ride.
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Quick Review
Choose the appropriate option.
Q. It’s not particularly important to
True
set limits in a dating relationship.
False
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Quick Review - Answer
A. False. To avoid potentially risky situations and to protect
your health and safety, it is important to set limits in a
dating relationship.
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Quick Review
Choose the appropriate option.
Q. Substance abuse plays a significant
True
role in increasing the risk of unsafe
behaviors such as sexual activity.
False
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Quick Review - Answer
A. True. Substance abuse plays a significant role in
increasing the risk of unsafe behaviors such as sexual
activity.
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Dating
Infatuation and Affection
• Sometimes when a teen is attracted to someone, an
infatuation develops.
Infatuation
• Although such feelings
are natural, it is important not to
refers
to the affection.
mistake them
for genuine
exaggerated
feelings of passion
for another person.
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Dating
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Infatuation and Affection
• Sometimes when a teen is attracted to someone, an
infatuation develops.
• Although such feelings are natural, it is important not to
mistake them for genuine affection.
Affection
is a feeling of
fondness for
someone.
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Setting Limits
Importance of Setting Limits
• Your parents or guardians may set limits regarding your
dating relationships, such as a curfew to protect your health
A curfew is
and safety.
a set time at
• As you mature, you’ll need to know how to
set your
own
which
you must
limits.
be home at
night.
• You need to set limits with your date regarding places you’ll
go, how you’ll get there, and what you will do.
• Setting such limits and making them clear before a date
helps you avoid potentially risky situations.
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Quick Review - Answer
A. Correct! Students choose not to date because they are shy
about dating issues, their hearts have been broken before,
and they are simply not interested in dating.
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Quick Review - Answer
You have answered the question incorrectly. Go back to try
again, or click Next to view the correct answer.
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Quick Review - Answer
A. Correct! Avoiding high-risk dating situations requires all of
the following except: Leaving all your money at home
so you’ll be sure not have to pay. It’s a good idea to
make sure you have money with you in case something
goes wrong and you need to call home for a ride.
Click Next to attempt another question.
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Quick Review - Answer
You have answered the question incorrectly. Go back to try
again, or click Next to view the correct answer.
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Quick Review - Answer
A. Correct! To avoid potentially risky situations and to
protect your health and safety, it is important to set
limits in a dating relationship.
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Quick Review - Answer
You have answered the question incorrectly. Go back to try
again, or click Next to view the correct answer.
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Quick Review - Answer
A. Correct! Substance abuse plays a significant role in
increasing the risk of unsafe behaviors such as sexual
activity.
Click Next to attempt another question.
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Quick Review - Answer
You have answered the question incorrectly. Go back to try
again, or click Next to view the correct answer.

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