"Bad boys" free us from the pressure of being “good girls.” “Girls possess a range of traits, like rebelliousness,” explains Robyn McKay, Ph.D., psychologist and co-author of Smart Girls. Teen romance if healthy, enhances self-esteem, boosts confidence and, in most cases, acts as an antidote against bad habits like drugs, drink and sex addiction. Many teen romances survive for. Truths About Teen Dating. This quickly morphing social landscape makes it more challenging for parents to keep up, figure out how to talk with their teens about dating, and establish rules that will keep them safe. To help you navigate this unfamiliar territory, there are five essential truths every parent should know about the teen dating scene.