What role should parents play to steer a child away from the traps in the most popular sport for many teens—the dating game? In the fading twilight, the headlights of an approaching car reminded Bill to reach for the dashboard and turn on his lights. As the horde of rush-hour cars streamed by, Bill reminisced about the teenage daughter he had just picked up from band practice. He smiled as he thought about all those after-school trips over the last few years: dance classes, piano practices, the unending cycle of softball games and tournaments. Her childhood has passed so quickly.
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When Should Kids Date? | Fathers for Good
When Should Kids be Allowed to Date?
As I watch the kids spill out of our local middle school building after school, I see more than a few who are holding hands or have their arms around one another. My first reaction was: Dating? But they seem so young! And of course, they are.
Every teenage parents nightmare is when the time arrives and their teenager says I am ready to start dating, do you think parents even today have different standards for what age is old enough to start dating depending on their teenagers gender? Being the parent of all sons I do not have the personal experience on teenage girls and dating, but I have to admit I would be much more protective over my teenage daughter and not only for the age she started dating. I agree this is not really fair to the teenage girls in the world, in fact in my own opinion teenage girls are much more mature to date responsibly than teenage boys at the same age. I strongly feel physical age is not the best way to decide if your teenager is ready for dating or not, how old is your teenager emotionally is much more important and a much more accurate way to determine when they are ready to start dating.