My 12 year old daughter has asked me when she can start dating.Let's just say that I was sort of a goody two shoes and didn't want to upset my parents. I am now a mother of a 12 year old daughter and a 10 year old son.Make sure to act interested but not too interested in your teen's dating life with the hope that they will open up to you if they run into difficulties. Friends are marginally ok but not romance of any sort. If they don't experiment, they won't know how a relationship works in the real world.They may have more trouble expressing their feelings. I believe that kids should be able to start "dating" at ages 13 or 14, if they want to.My husband and I have been discussing the answer to our daughter's question and we just don't know the right answer.I don't want to be overly protective and strict like my parents were but I also don't want to be too permissive.At a young age, it can also be important for parents to meet the person their child wants to date.If teens are 16 and dating, they should be able to drive and pick up their dates.
And, you must make it clear what your rules and expectations are other than age. Whether or Not They Are Permitted to Drive With The Date 4. Keeping You Informed About Their Whereabouts & Changes in Plans Having said all of the above I must tell you that I think that dating serves a very important purpose.The statistics of this study shows that teenagers are knowingly chatting to adults. A world where our children still need to be protected from their curiosity.Of course, the children do not tell their parents whom they are chatting with so how are parents supposed know who their kids are chatting with on the Internet.You and your husband need to address the following: 1. Teens learn to negotiate their feelings and relationships while they are still young and under your roof. See my website for more articles like this: have no business dating let alone being in any sort of "serious" relationship when in school.As we all know, relationships and healthy dating take a lot of practice and trial and error. Televised media helped to promote this idea that kids are supposed to have boyfriend/girlfriends and are supposed to be dating. Naturally as kids view movies, shows, read books and all they will think that this is the "norm" and it is up to the parents to tell them that when in school, they have no business dating. Naturally, teenagers get more romantic feelings for people. Middle school and high school are the times where teens can experiment with relationships.Wherever people got the notion that kids should be dating while in school simply baffles me.