To me, 16-years-old seems a bit late to begin dating. Let me tell you that as both a mother and a clinical psychologist, I too struggle with the correct response to this question. I personally think that 14 is a bit young and that 16 seems more appropriate. We need to teach them about love, liking, sexuality, and emotionality.
I was 14 when I went out with a boy for the first time and my oldest son was the same age when he began dating. We also need to teach them about sexuality and risk-taking.
We are not genetically predisposed to deal with such things. Double duty In my house, we allowed dating to start at 9th grade.
I don't think I have a certain age in mind for dating to be OK - I think every child is different. Define "girlfriend" True story - when my son was 11, he had a friend who had a girlfriend - one that they would go to each others houses & hang out in his bedroom alone, door open or shut :/ he started asking me if he could have a girlfriend.
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After all, everyone is a different individual and their situations and maturity will vary greatly.
Something that is acceptable for one person may not be acceptable for another.
Additionally, we need to be ready to set parameters and limits about when they must be home and how often they should check in with us when they are on dates. We must let them know that dating is complicated and that we are available to talk to them about the intricacies of dating.
If we are uncomfortable talking to our kids about dating then perhaps we need to deal with this before we allow them to date.
" Predictably, two of the three dads who weighed in responded with "Never!
" FM, from Los Angeles, Calif., added "Italian father. My head just exploded at the thought." Here's what the rest of the Web had to say about kids and dating: Define dating Dating" or "Hanging out" Big difference these days ... but around 7th [grade], when the dances start, the dating starts.
Recently, the children of two close friends have begun dating. So I threw the question out there to the World Wide Web: "At what age did you or will you allow your children to start dating?
And it made me realize that we, as parents, have a pretty wide range of ideas on what age kids should be allowed to start dating and even on what dating means at various ages.
She writes and consults for several publications and frequently appears on TV.