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?
And it made me realize that we, as parents, have a pretty wide range of ideas on what age kids should be allowed to start dating and even on what dating means at various ages.
Every family has its own mores and values and every ninth grader should know them.
Over time, they may discard some of what we say, ignore our warnings or our rules.
They may choose to defy us, but they should never for one moment be unclear of both the rules and the values our families espouse.
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Dear Mom of High School Freshman, It is hard not to feel, in those weeks leading up to the first day of freshman year, that you and your child have finally hit the big leagues. High school is, in many ways, a break with everything that has gone before. High school takes four years because that is the minimum it takes for both kids and parents to transition from the final days of childhood to the first moments of adulthood. Put this off for as long as possible, reminding yourself and your kid that high school should be about high school. Getting good grades and acclimatizing to the rigors of high school. Some kids stumble with their time management as they enter high school and find themselves up late, sleeping inadequately and getting on a vicious cycle.