Is dating at 15 too young

Teen pregnancy, Sexually transmitted infections, broken hearts, and depression, are common themes for those who work with teens.

It is estimated that 15 percent of teen suicides are due to the breakup of an unhappy dating relationship.

By Julie Baumgardner A young mom was talking with her 8-year-old daughter about her day at school when the daughter revealed she had a boyfriend.

Mom, in her infinite wisdom said, “You are really too young to have a boyfriend.

Depends on the kid - and the date My parents said 16. It also depends on your relationship with your kid and how well you trust him/her, plus the boy/girlfriend and other friends.

The other day she came home from school kind of asking me to go to the movies with a boy. By the time I was 17 I was involved with a man, not a boy, and I knew it was ok because my mom let me - and she told me she understood what it was like to be in love, and she didn't want to forbid me to see him because then I'd be sneaking out to see him anyway.... He turned out to be a very stand up guy who married me and now we have a wonderful life together and the age difference doesn't matter now in our 30s....

You should have lots of boys as friends at your age.” The little girl sighed and said, “I know, but when I am 14, I will be old enough to date.” Somewhat surprised by the comment, the mother asked her daughter what you do on a date. Have you ever had a discussion with your teen about the purpose of dating or what you do on a date?

With no hesitation, the daughter said, “You have sex.” With all kinds of thoughts reeling through her head, the mother asked, “Where did you hear that? In an informal survey of teens, many of them stated that they have never had a conversation with their parents about dating other than curfew and expectations concerning drinking and driving.

If the boy won't spend time with us, then he can't be alone with our daughter. Homeschool homies As homeschoolers, my kids are in a different social structure, so I suppose we'd just take it one day/one person at a time.

My son at 11 already has a very close girl friend (not girlfriend) but if that evolved, we'd just see how it went and make sure to be open with him and encourage him to do the same.

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