What age should children start dating
Ray Guarendi As a family psychologist, I am often asked by parents when their children should begin dating. Let’s suppose that you’ve decided to begin dating discussions when your daughter turns 16.
They usually hasten to inform me, “All his (her) friends are dating.” My quick answer is: When they’re married, and only with their spouse. Now back in the old days — the early 1980s — you met resistance for such a decision mainly from the children. You can’t wrap a moral bubble around them; they have to deal with life. A recent survey suggested that if a child has a first date between the ages of 11 and 13, he or she has a 90% probability of being sexually active during senior year in high school. Key factors to consider in granting any type of dating freedom are your child’s: • moral maturity • independence of thought • history of conduct in other social settings • strength of will • social judgment • choice of friends • responsibility toward schoolwork • respect for authority.
That’s why I said Age doesn’t matter that much IF the love is true.
I believe that dating at a young age could help you in further relationships .While dating age depends on a number of factors, and varies from child to child, many parents agree that dating should begin slow and supervised.Safety is a major concern, and dates should be appropriate for the child’s age.Some parents have a set age in mind, and feel that kids should not be able to date until that time.
Others take into account the maturity of their children and what is meant by "date," while others request that kids be allowed to go on dates only if they’ve met certain requirements or safety standards.That is okay, as many therapists are fond of asserting.