Psychotherapist Kelley Kitley suggests that, bearing in mind each child's maturity level, middle school is a good time for kids to start dating if they are showing a natural interest in someone else. Turn off Animations. You may be trying to access this site from a secured browser on the server. The takeaway. MobilePunchBBM: Donna Thomas-Rodgers, PhD, suggests allowing teens to go to group dances and supervised events at 14, on group dates at 15, and on individual dates at Barbara Greenberg is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of teens, children, and families.
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When Should You Let Your Kid Start Dating?
If one or both young people leave home, the physical distance has a way of opening an emotional distance between them, and eventually the relationship coasts to a halt. There's a small window of time between when your teen begins dating and when she's going to be entering the adult world. While parent-teen conversations must encompass the hormones, hydraulics and other biological aspects of love and attraction, equal time should be devoted to thoughtful discussions about love as the most powerful and heartfelt of all human emotions. Take note of how your child reacts when you discuss dating. Barbara Greenberg.