In high school, strong romantic attachments can be formed and things can get serious, fast.
When your child mentions dating or a girlfriend or boyfriend, try to get an idea of what those concepts mean to them.
Seriously, dating age depends upon all kinds of factors, and varies from child to child, even within the same family. Never consider your neighborhood’s “average age” when making your decision. Parents used to expect instinctively to be challenged by their kids, especially in judgments of how fast one should grow up. If you make kids too different, they’ll feel like weirdos who don’t fit in. First date at age 14 leads to a 50% chance; first date at age 16, 20% chance. I figure if I make the list long enough, my kids won’t be eligible to date until they move out.
But here are some general guidelines from my experience: 1. What is quite different these days is that you are almost as likely to be questioned by your peers, the parents of your children’s friends, They will say: “These are different times. Once you are confident your son or daughter has met these standards, sit them down, let them know how much you admire who they are and who they’re becoming.
Groups play a big role in relaying information about who likes whom.
Even if your son is mooning over a certain girl, most 12-year-olds aren’t really ready for the one-on-one interaction of a true relationship.
You go from changing their diapers, to teaching them how to tie their shoes, to eventually helping them understand dating and love.
I'd say maybe 9th grade might be okay, but am not really sure." How young is too young to allow your child to date?Take note of how your child reacts when you discuss dating.It could be a little uncomfortable or embarrassing, but if your child is unable to even discuss it with you without getting defensive or upset, take that as a sign that they probably aren’t ready.The American Academy of Pediatrics notes that on average, girls begin dating as early as 12 and a half years old, and boys a year older. You may be surprised to hear dating labels like “boyfriend,” “girlfriend,” and “together” from the lips of your sixth-grader.At this age, it probably means your son or daughter is sitting next to a special someone at lunch or hanging out at recess.