“Dater’s Ed: The Instruction Manual for Parents” is not just a book. Dater’s Ed is a comprehensive program for parents, teens, tweens, families, schools, churches, youth coalition and any person or organization dedicated to the future of our teens. We align ourselves with those who provide the tools necessary to ensure healthy relationships of all kinds.
Dater’s Ed does not promote or encourage teen dating – instead we provide a solid framework to address the innate desire children of all ages have to be in relationships and seek to be loved. We give any child advocate, including, but not limited to parents and entire communities, a model for any stage of youth development to set them on a solid course to strong, secure, healthy interpersonal interactions. We promote parental involvement by teaching parents how to help their teens learn to “date defensively, navigate safely and steer clear of unhealthy relationships” LONG before dating begins!
The vision of Dater’s Ed is to minimize, eliminate and eradicate the dangerous detours that take teens off course:
Teen sex and pregnancy
Teen dating violence and abuse
Teen drug and alcohol abuse
Teen stress, anxiety, depression and even suicide
Teen technology, apps and social media practices that ruin more than just reputations
By addressing these cultural norms, we can educate our communities to promote healthy relationships.
The mission of Dater’s Ed is to provide an early, transitional and ongoing level of support to youth, parents, families, schools, churches and youth affiliates to promote healthy relationships as a model for future courtship and dating choices and slow the speed at which teens are dating. By using an analogy between driving and dating, we can reach youth and youth advocates early on through a familiar, visual comparison to drive each message home. We believe this analogy has a profound and unique ability to impact our youth based on the parallel desire to drive and date and proactively equip parents to guide their teens safely through the teen years.
We Are Motivated To:
Help families re-define dating and it’s boundary lines in measurable terms
Slow down the epidemic proportions at which our teens drive blindly into unhealthy dating relationships
Eradicate “reckless teen dating” which results is causing harm to themselves and others.
Put academics first in the school environment by educating parents on the exposure our youth have to other “available singles” during the school day and how they have issued themselves a “Learner’s Permit” for dating without parental permission
Help parents understand how the pressure of media and technology promotes premature teenage dating
Involving parents in the instructional process through the comparison of the Driver’s Ed mandate to, “Get in the car!”
To provide parents with an Instruction Manual modeled after the Driver’s Ed Manual to assist them in building a concrete bridge between them and their children as the structure for healthy relationships.
Clarify the cognitive developmental difference between “thirteen” and “nineteen” and guide parents to create a customized solution unique to their family framework to withstand the cultural norm.
Our Future Goals:
To develop a 12 week DVD study curriculum for parents and school staff as an ongoing learning tool to minimize the risk of “reckless relationships” at all levels of youth development.
To provide teens with fun and interactive workshops and assemblies to help them understand consequences and take ownership of their future relationships choices. Programs will be facilitated by young adult “Dating Instructors” who have been equipped and qualified to teach the Dater’s Ed curriculum.
To establish universally accepted “Rules and Regulations” as guidelines to minimize the “Emergencies and Hazards” currently pervasive in our teen dating culture