When to let our children date, whom we allow them to date and what boundaries to establish with dating are all challenges parents must face.
In your son’s situation, you must first consider what is age-appropriate for a 17-year-old versus a 13-year-old.
"Parents should take an active role in teaching and helping their kids understand what normal dating behaviours are." By understanding what "healthy" dating is at this age, parents can set limits and protect their child.
Each one presents an opportunity to learn what it means to be in a healthy relationship with another person.
Groups can offer a safe, protective way for kids to learn.
But at the same time, parents need to discuss not going too far too fast.
"But I didn't start dating until I was 18," says Mom. According to one survey, nearly half of teens between the ages of 11 to 14 years old are dating.
More and more parents are faced with this dilemma today.