Teen Dating

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What is an appropriate age to let teens start dating?

And how can parents guide teens to make wise decisions, but without seeming over-bearing (and thus alienating the teen’s trust)?

Parents of pre-teens, teens, and young adults–would love to hear your thoughts and what you’ve learned from your own experiences or the experiences of others you know. Answers from teens’ or recent teens’ perspectives are also welcome!

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What is an appropriate age to let teens start dating?

And how can parents guide teens to make wise decisions, but without seeming over-bearing (and thus alienating the teen’s trust)?

Parents of pre-teens, teens, and young adults–would love to hear your thoughts and what you’ve learned from your own experiences or the experiences of others you know. Answers from teens’ or recent teens’ perspectives are also welcome!

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Posted on 01/02/2016

I don’t know what is the definite age to let them start, but in fact if they would like to you will not be able to stop your teenagers from dating. Maybe if they will have less free time studying some sports and languages, except standard lessons, this period will come a little later, when you and them be ready.

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    • February 2, 2016 11:58 pm
    I agree that we can’t stop our teens at this stage. We should perhaps start giving them an “adult-talk” to let them know that we care and want to give them advices. I have friends who talk to their children openly about boy-girl relationships and they come to appreciate their parents for being involved, rather than trying to keep secrets and hide things.
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Posted on 29/07/2015

I think there is no definite age to start dating… it is more of having the right mindset.

Personally, I believe that if parents presented an objective view on the issue to their teenagers, such problems will not arise much.

I had my siblings’ relationships as a reference while growing up, so for me my parents did not really have an issue with discussing such topics and my siblings did act as a bridge in our communication and age gap as well.

At the end of the day, it really comes down to understanding where your child is coming from and crafting an explanation that will be easily understood by them in that state of mind.

Hope this helps!

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    • August 4, 2015 12:23 am
    Thanks AKTF! Appreciate your perspective. :-) I agree that 2-way communication and dialogue are key to mutual understanding in any relationship, including parent-child relationships. I can see how that would be very challenging as parents though, as parents are naturally inclined to feel protective toward their children (I guess it’s just a matter of how you act on those feelings). Wondering if anyone else has other different ideas/experiences?
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