Here are five things every parent should know: While some teens tend to be interested in dating earlier than others, romantic interests are normal during adolescence.

If you have a question of your own, e-mail [email protected] Circle.com, and your answer may appear in the magazine. A teenager's first love is a powerful experience, but it's not an excuse to abandon his responsibilities.

(Be sure to read How to Have the Sex Talk with Your Teen for more tips about how to make the conversation more relaxed and how to get your point across.) How to Have the Sex Talk with Your Teen How to Talk About Peer Pressure and Friendship Feuds with Your Teen Q. He spends all his free time with her, then is on the phone at least a couple hours at night, and that's not counting the IMing and text messaging. Set rules about phone and computer use and enforce them.

A teen does not learn how to date in the classroom and most likely has only picked up on some of the basics, like respecting someone’s personal space, at home.

But without experience in a romantic relationship, teens don't know what to expect.

Suddenly, hormones are raging, romantic feelings are developing, and, of course, it doesn’t stop there.

Before you know it, your teen may be entering the dating world.

Lastly, go over your expectations and values about sex.

If he doesn't feel comfortable talking to you, find another adult to speak with him—someone he thinks is cool and who shares your values. My 16-year-old son is involved with a very troubled girl his age.

The teen dating scene can be awkward and uncomfortable, for teens as well as their parents.