Binge drinking, date violence, and even date rape are far too common.In light of this, we would advise that boys and girls under the age of seventeen should not be allowed to go out on one-on-one dates.Then you can promise to revisit the dating question after he or she turns seventeen if your child displays the necessary signs of maturity and sound judgment at that time.If you'd like to discuss these questions at greater length with a member of our staff, feel free to contact our Counseling department. : Joe White looks at important things for parents to consider and communicate when their teens express an interest in dating.She doesn't count her first two, "because it was, like, in sixth grade."The kids themselves are almost always the only ones keeping track of their relationships.
There are the folded-up notes, the embarrassed exchanges, the hearts scrawled on sneakers, the loves-of-one's-life that according to kids and the best guesses of scholars last an average of two to four weeks (one-sixth the duration of the typical high school liaison).
"You can't really tell if a guy likes you, so you don't want to get your feelings hurt" by asking him out, or even letting him know you want to be asked out, explains sixth-grader Bridgette Snyder, who hasn't acted on any of her crushes at Hammond Middle, but has found time, in between soccer games and horse-riding, to become thoroughly versed in the rules.
This saves face for the askees, too, many of whom say "yes" when directly asked by a boy simply because it's too uncomfortable to say no."So spur-of-the-moment things are bad," explains eighth- grader Rachel Collins, a lacrosse player with wrists covered with cause bracelets and three relationships behind her at Lime Kiln Middle School in Fulton, not far from Laurel.
There are simply too many dangers associated with this kind of activity.
Instead, they should be encouraged to participate in their parents.