What the parents say" data-reactid="38"What the parents say“I think it would depend on the maturity level.I was raised that a girl does not go out with a boy unless she has a chaperone.Donna Thomas-Rodgers, Ph D, suggests allowing teens to go to group dances and supervised events at 14, on group dates at 15, and on individual dates at 16.“When teens start at 15 years old with actual group dating, you can support the child’s dating choices and supervise their decisions,” Thomas-Rodgers told She Knows. 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.Typically, it should either be three years up and three years down from your own age.
" data-reactid="24"There’s a stark difference between early daters and those who wait until they’re old enough for a learner’s permit.You will have absolutely no control over the situation.” — Stephanie Wood, New York City.“Seventeen because at that age they’re old enough to make their decisions and transitioning from junior to senior high.” — Maritz S., Miami, Florida.“Sixteen. Wytiaz, Provo, Utah.“Twenty-five.” — Robert Hearn, Orlando, Florida.The bottom line" data-reactid="46"The bottom line It’s perfectly natural to wonder if your child is ready to begin dating.“It is a very important relationship to teenagers, and it’s important for another reason, in that it is their first intimate relationship with someone outside their family.”" data-reactid="36"The important thing is not to make children feel bad about their feelings, even if you think they’re too young to have them.“Parents should never minimize or ridicule a first love,” Dr.George Comerci, a Tucson pediatrician, told Healthy “It is a very important relationship to teenagers, and it’s important for another reason, in that it is their first intimate relationship with someone outside their family.”She Knows." data-reactid="37"Some experts warn against waiting too long to allow kids to date.Boys and girls who start dating between the ages of 11-and-a-half and 13 may experience more academic and behavioral problems than their peers, according to a study published in the Journal of Adolescence.Their lack of maturity leaves them ill-prepared to handle some of the common emotions and issues that couples face, and without many peers going through similar experiences, they’re left to figure things out for themselves.After all, it probably seems like just yesterday you were buying action figures and setting up tea parties.No one knows your child better than you, so consider his or her maturity level, and perhaps ask the opinions of parents of teens whom you respect.