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Do you have a dating age for your children?

They aren't allowed to date until 14? 16 maybe?

Do you have a dating age for your children? Why or why not?


Asked by outstandingLove at 5:41 PM on Jun. 30, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • 14 for large groups and dances, 16 for double dates (depending on our child), 17 for one on one dates. Thats how my parents did it and even though I hated it then I can see the logic of it now.

    Answer by GigantaursMommy at 9:04 PM on Jun. 30, 2010

  • No, it will depend on their maturity level and how responsible they are. they're too young right now to know if they'll be mature or not.

    Answer by renea20 at 5:42 PM on Jun. 30, 2010

  • husband say his girls will date when 30 (wink wink, nudge nudge)
    have not gotten there, but high school is my thought

    Answer by fiatpax at 5:42 PM on Jun. 30, 2010

  • I agree with renea20, it depends on the kid and how mature they are. However, my one rule about 1 on 1 dating is that if my child is going to get into a car with a date, then they should be able to drive that car in case something happens, so no car dating until at least 16.

    Answer by Gooberzilla at 5:56 PM on Jun. 30, 2010

  • Nope, just whenever they seem mature enough to handle it. I don't think strict age guidelines are good for anything.

    Answer by purpleducky at 7:59 PM on Jun. 30, 2010


    Answer by kimberlyinberea at 5:43 PM on Jun. 30, 2010

  • Once my kids are in Highschool they can do one on one dates. Before that they have to be in groups...

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 5:43 PM on Jun. 30, 2010

  • I think I would let my boys date when they are about 16. Maybe they could go on group dates a couple years before that.

    Answer by coolestmom770 at 5:46 PM on Jun. 30, 2010

  • I would say about 16, but they could never be left alone i would make sure his parents felt the same way!

    Answer by DeeMarie87 at 5:49 PM on Jun. 30, 2010

  • Yeah . . . 35.

    Not really. My answer to this would really depend on the child, but I hope they wait a good long time. I want them to have fun with a large group of people before pairing off with one individual. I've seen too many cases where a teenager pairs up with a boyfriend/girlfriend and pours everything into that relationship at the expense of all others. I want them to have a sound knowledge of themselves and who they are and plenty of friendships before they think about dating.

    Answer by other_mother at 5:52 PM on Jun. 30, 2010