Parents may not think they need to think about it until it happens, but as with most instances, if you don’t decide in advance, you might make a stressed out making last minute decisions. I’ve been so excited for years for my kids to grow up to be teenagers, and I’m reveling in this moment.
Dating Tip 1: Take Your Time Some teens date, some don’t.
“Girls need to feel good about themselves before they start to date,” says Charles Wibbelsman, MD, chief of adolescent medicine at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco.
His advice: only date if you know yourself and know you want to date.
Today, the average age for a person to begin dating is 13. Research has shown that serious adolescent relationships before either partner is emotionally mature can have detrimental effects for identity formation and even life and health.
Adolescents who are dating because of peer pressure or a need to belong can experience significant disappointment.