So long as kids’ grades aren’t suffering and nothing else is falling by the wayside, let them progress from friendships to dating at their own pace. The vast majority of first loves never make it past high school.
Just keep an eye on your teens, and let them know they can come to you if they need you.
What the experts say" data-reactid="33"Most recommend 15 and 16 as the ideal ages to begin dating.
For Ron Eagar, a pediatrician at Denver Health Medical Center, the magic number is 16.
The only age limits concerning dating are that a legal adult (18 ) should not date a minor (18-), but as it stands, if they have been dating since the adult was still a minor it doesn't matter.
The majority of teens studied didn’t begin dating until about age 13, and the so-called late bloomers were around 15.
“There’s an enormous difference between a fourteen- or fifteen-year-old and a sixteen- or seventeen-year-old in terms of life experience,” he told Healthy Children.org, the website for the AAP. “Maturity can be measured by willingness to participate sufficiently in household chores, treating others with respect, getting good grades, and managing emotions.’”" data-reactid="35"“Sixteen — and even a bit older — is a good age for dating, provided that the teen is mature,” Leslie Beth Wish, a psychologist and clinical social worker, told She Knows.
“Maturity can be measured by willingness to participate sufficiently in household chores, treating others with respect, getting good grades, and managing emotions.’”Healthy
As a result, fewer boys are actually asking girls out on one-on-one dates.
All but gone are the days when an invite to a movie came by way of a phone call or a shy, in-person meeting.