Parenting guide to dating
” Apart from being age-inappropriate, comments like these give children ideas about dating and sexuality from a very young age.
So it’s no surprise that by the time they reach their teens, young people have a lot of messages to sort out about romantic relationships.
Parents may joke that it’s an experience they want their child to have -- just not until somewhere around the age of 30. A 6th grade girl may say, "Jacob is my boyfriend," but what does that mean?
Whether you're six months post-divorce or six years, there is no "right" time to start dating. If you're dying to get out of the house, call your girlfriends for a night out. If you're looking to get your heart pounding, try some cardio.
"Perhaps a better question than when is why," says Christine Baumgartner, relationship coach at The Perfect Catch. Expecting dating to fulfill all your needs is unrealistic and might attract (or cause you to accept) people who aren't right for you.
We have to be careful not to push teens into dating, especially younger teens who are still in middle school.
Studies show that the earlier teens start dating and having relationships, the sooner sexual activity takes place.
"Time with friends, time spent on activities that don't include kids or work, and time alone are all important." If you don't have time for these, your schedule may be too busy to fit dating in -- for now.