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.
" Predictably, two of the three dads who weighed in responded with "Never!
And then never again until I was just about to turn 16 and had my first serious boyfriend. Nothing unchaperoned until they're 15-ish and we'd have to get to know him first. I also don't mind the idea of a group if 13-14 year olds walking the fair together but I also remember the wacky stunts and cover-ups my friends and I pulled when we were that age. I'm discovering that "dating" is sometimes synonymous with texting and that's it. I think when it progresses to actually meeting out at a certain time and the possibility of physical contact - that's when it can be worrisome as a parent.
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.
She’s already shared that kids her age are sexually active, and that while some have learned about sex “from other people,” others claim to “just know about it.” With all of this in mind, my mommy intuition told me it was time to check in to see where my daughter was at on dating, relationships and sex. their personality, the way they act, and they’re both good in school.