TL;DR It would be unwise to come up with an arbitrary age to start dating. Prepare yourself for the "but everyone else is doing it" argument, and don't let guilt sway you if you genuinely believe your child is too young to date. Boyfriends can be a temporary cure for boredom or loneliness, but expecting them to be perfect and always there for you is not realistic since they are imperfect, just like you. Donna Thomas-Rodgers, PhD, suggests allowing teens to go to group dances and supervised events at 14, on group dates at 15, and on individual dates at Observe the area that you currently live in.
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When To Let Your Teenager Start Dating
Determine what your personal goals and dreams are. 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. Be careful. Look up questions: Outdo one another in showing honor. Older couples will have more experience in a relationship. A CDC study found that about 43 percent of teenage girls and 42 percent of teenage boys had had sexual intercourse at least once.