This questions has reared its head again quite a few times in the last few weeks. Since I have grandchildren, I wonder how parents today are handling this.
With my children, they were allowed to go places with special persons (not girlfriends or boyfriends, but girl or boy "friends") when they were 12, but I, or my husband, or both had to be involved in the activity. When they reached 14 they were allowed to "group" date, parties, dances, etc (after we check things out, and talked with parents about supervision for parties). They were free to date at 16, but with a curfew.
They didn't always get it right. But they were in "social" school, learning how to conduct them in social context. Our children were raised with the idea that they could go anywhere and be with any persons, and know how to behave properly. They would know how to sit at a table and with utensil to use. They would know how to make small talk, and how to listen. If they crashed and burned in the learning, then we picked them up and started over again.
What is your idea about kids dating?
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