So here goes: Your quality and purpose of life is not determined by whether or not you date or get married.
Many teens instead choose to meet new people on other social websites that are not necessarily labeled as dating sites.
This is where the parent network can really come in handy.
Parents should tune into the grapevine: Your teen may not be talking, but usually one of them is.
RELATED: Living with a mood swingin' tween To get any personal info on your teen's dating, it's usually helpful to have some "grapevine" info to start with, like, "I heard that you and Sarah were going out … I'd rather hear the real scoop from you than have to rely on gossip." But don't expect a big download. Just because another mom has a Chatty Cathy, that doesn't mean your Clam-up Kid is "less close" to you. Younger teens usually pursue their romantic interests via texts and third parties who scout out whether the other party is interested.
All we can do is try to strike up conversations that may give us some clues over time. Younger teens may "go out" (meaning: explore the idea of being a "couple") and break up and never even have a face-to-face conversation.