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Base this important decision on your teen’s maturity level and ability to make responsible decisions.Typically, kids start pairing off between the ages of 12 and 14 as they spend time in mixed gendered groups.

By high school, kids are more likely to develop serious romantic attachments. I didn't sneak around and date either because I didn't want to get into trouble with my parents. I wasn't allowed to date until I was 18 because I had very strict parents. Ray Guarendi As a family psychologist, I am often asked by parents when their children should begin dating. Let’s suppose that you’ve decided to begin dating discussions when your daughter turns 16.They usually hasten to inform me, “All his (her) friends are dating.” My quick answer is: When they’re married, and only with their spouse. Now back in the old days — the early 1980s — you met resistance for such a decision mainly from the children. You can’t wrap a moral bubble around them; they have to deal with life. A recent survey suggested that if a child has a first date between the ages of 11 and 13, he or she has a 90% probability of being sexually active during senior year in high school. Key factors to consider in granting any type of dating freedom are your child’s: • moral maturity • independence of thought • history of conduct in other social settings • strength of will • social judgment • choice of friends • responsibility toward schoolwork • respect for authority.