One of the anxieties of parents is allowing their daughter to start dating. The main question is when to let her go out on a date. Read on to learn useful information about this common issue among parents.
It’s not just about your child’s age. It’s your job, as their parent, to figure out if your child is ready to handle the level of dating they have in mind. Pay attention to how they respond when you start a conversation about dating. “Of course it will probably be uncomfortable for both of you,” Anthony says. “But if he’s so uncomfortable that he gets angry or shuts down or otherwise just can’t continue the conversation, that’s a big sign that he’s not ready for this.” If so, assure your child that there’s no hurry to start dating.
At different ages, dating may have various meanings. It is best to known how it means to your child and discuss about it with her to know if she is interested in it. Tell her that this feeling is normal and that you will be providing guidance and support if she ever does it. Open communication results in a healthier relationship.
The appropriate age for dating varies on each child’s emotional maturity.
So when is a child ready for one-on-one dating? There’s no right answer, even if most parents feel strongly that sometime around age 35 is perfect. It’s important to consider your child as an individual. Consider their emotional maturity and sense of responsibility. For many kids, 16 seems to be an appropriate age, but it may be entirely suitable for a mature 15-year-old to go on a date, or to make your immature 16-year-old wait a year or two. You can also consider what other parents are doing. Are lots of kids the same as yours already dating in the true sense of the word?
Watch the video below to learn more tips for parents on teenage dating.