When a teen girl comes forward and asks if she can start dating boys, we as parents, imagine the worst. In actuality most boys have food on their mind and are afraid of girls. You need to pick the age your daughter dates based on maturity level. Talk to your daughter about what dating looks like. Adults have a different view than teenagers. They might just want to hang out and get an ice cream. Start with Group dates, not one on one dating, and it never hurts to be the chaperone for the group.
- The subject of dating offers an opportunity to talk in depth to your teenager about relationships, values, and the social and cultural world in which they live.
- Letting your teens go on group dates — but not solo dates — can be a happy medium between socialization and safety.
- While pop culture and folk wisdom paint teenaged boys as obsessively focused on sex, reality is often less lurid than fiction.
“In my view, groups of young teens shouldn’t be out and about without an adult nearby—there’s too much opportunity for things to go sideways.”