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.

Recently, the children of two close friends have begun dating. So I threw the question out there to the World Wide Web: "At what age did you or will you allow your children to start dating?

If the boy won't spend time with us, then he can't be alone with our daughter. Homeschool homies As homeschoolers, my kids are in a different social structure, so I suppose we'd just take it one day/one person at a time.

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.

We need to teach them about the delicate parameters of dating including when to say yes or no to physicality and sex.

We need to talk about how to judge their readiness for getting involved in relationships.

To me, 16-years-old seems a bit late to begin dating. Let me tell you that as both a mother and a clinical psychologist, I too struggle with the correct response to this question. I personally think that 14 is a bit young and that 16 seems more appropriate. We need to teach them about love, liking, sexuality, and emotionality.

I was 14 when I went out with a boy for the first time and my oldest son was the same age when he began dating. We also need to teach them about sexuality and risk-taking.After all, everyone is a different individual and their situations and maturity will vary greatly.Something that is acceptable for one person may not be acceptable for another.One of the questions asked was, “At what age is it okay to date?” The respondents overwhelmingly chose 16 (74%) as the appropriate age, followed by 14 (23%). No wonder parents get gray hairs and are so confused.She writes and consults for several publications and frequently appears on TV.