Right age for dating
George Comerci, a Tucson pediatrician, told Healthy
“It is a very important relationship to teenagers, and it’s important for another reason, in that it is their first intimate relationship with someone outside their family.”She Knows." data-reactid="37"Some experts warn against waiting too long to allow kids to date.
After all, it probably seems like just yesterday you were buying action figures and setting up tea parties.
No one knows your child better than you, so consider his or her maturity level, and perhaps ask the opinions of parents of teens whom you respect.
Neither of these latter groups appeared to experience any major social or emotional difficulties.
" data-reactid="24"There’s a stark difference between early daters and those who wait until they’re old enough for a learner’s permit.
“There’s an enormous difference between a fourteen- or fifteen-year-old and a sixteen- or seventeen-year-old in terms of life experience,” he told Healthy Children.org, the website for the AAP. “Maturity can be measured by willingness to participate sufficiently in household chores, treating others with respect, getting good grades, and managing emotions.’”" data-reactid="35"“Sixteen — and even a bit older — is a good age for dating, provided that the teen is mature,” Leslie Beth Wish, a psychologist and clinical social worker, told She Knows.
“Maturity can be measured by willingness to participate sufficiently in household chores, treating others with respect, getting good grades, and managing emotions.’”Healthy
The majority of teens studied didn’t begin dating until about age 13, and the so-called late bloomers were around 15.
Boys and girls who start dating between the ages of 11-and-a-half and 13 may experience more academic and behavioral problems than their peers, according to a study published in the Journal of Adolescence.