Predictably, two of the three dads who weighed in responded with "Never! We are not genetically predisposed to deal with such things. My head just exploded at the thought. Define dating Dating" or "Hanging out" Big difference these days Hazleton, PA 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. If the boy won't spend time with us, then he can't be alone with our daughter.
Worked great for us! My son at 11 already has a very close girl friend not girlfriend but if that evolved, we'd just see how it went and make sure to be open with him and encourage him to do the same. Depends on the kid - and the date My parents said I would say earlier if it is a group thing. The dating sneak attack My Dad always said no dating until I was 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". He told me there was no debating that logic and I got to go. And then never again until I was just about to turn 16 and had my first serious boyfriend. Ontario, Canada Do as I say, not as I did? Nothing unchaperoned until they're ish and we'd have to get to know him first. I like Jo Anne's double date idea.
I also don't mind the idea of a group if year olds walking the fair together but I also remember the wacky stunts and cover-ups my friends and I pulled when we were that age. We always found ways to sneak off alone. I need drink now. Cyberdating My oldest son is 12 and in 6th grade. I'm discovering that "dating" is sometimes synonymous with texting and that's it. That's fine with me at this point.
I think when it progresses to actually meeting out at a certain time and the possibility of physical contact - that's when it can be worrisome as a parent. I don't think I have a certain age in mind for dating to be OK - I think every child is different.
I'm prepared to just see how it evolves. Carry her books, what? I mean really, this girl you are thinking of is obviously your friend so what would making her your girlfriend change? I'm with Kira, I need a drink. Now it's your turn to weigh in. At what age did you or will you allow your kids to start dating?