When I was around 14 I wanted to go on a date but knew he wouldn't let me. So we got a bunch of other couples together to go with us (movies) and I told my Dad it couldn't possibly be a date with that many people there and that it was instead a "gathering". I mean really, this girl you are thinking of is obviously your friend so what would making her your girlfriend change? " I told him that until he was mature enough to answer that question, the answer is NO ... He will be 16 in a couple of weeks, and not only was he able to hold that conversation about a year ago, but he is willing to talk now because he knows I'm open & interested.
Are they confident and able to take care of themselves? Do they look physically more mature than they are, emotionally?
"A 12-year-old who looks 16 isn’t ready to date someone who is 16," Anthony says.
You may not love the idea of your child beginning to date, but don't try to pretend it’s not happening.
We are not genetically predisposed to deal with such things. Double duty In my house, we allowed dating to start at 9th grade.
But for my daughter, the boy had to be willing to go on a "double date" with my husband and I first.