Kids dating age
The general consensus from the group was that 12 seems to be a good age to begin dating.However, Miller finds that, at that age, the word dating means very different things to different people.Middle-schooler Giovanni, said, "Some people just hang out with their boyfriend or girlfriend. But some people get sexual about it."Statistics show that 46 percent of teens between the ages of 15-19 have had sex at least once.Teens are exposed to intimate relationships early on. I've heard people talk about doing 'it.' I've heard cases of people doing it in the school. Miller was joined on "The Early Show" Wednesday by Linda Fears, editor in chief of Family Circle magazine and Momster.com, as well as Dr. You have to have had lots of conversations about this so they're aware of your expectations, your family values."While sex is one thing to be concerned about, Miller was also concerned about the ability of these kids to develop emotional relationships because of the frequency of hooking up and casual encounters.Instead, if they answer your questions or seem eager to date, you can steer the conversation toward reassuring them that these feelings are normal. Are they just trying to keep up with their friends?Are they confident and able to take care of themselves? Do they look physically more mature than they are, emotionally?
Seriously, though, when is your child ready to date? "At this age, kids use dating labels but aren’t ready to have much direct one-on-one interaction beyond maybe sitting together at lunch or recess," says Dale Atkins, Ph D, a family therapist in New York.And he or she needs your guidance and support right now." You don’t want them learning the rules of dating from peers or the media, without your input.