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In middle school, kids might be going out with a few friends including their love interest.
Maybe they start developing a text communication first.
The age that you should start dating depends on what your parents think which is likely based on religious and cultural beliefs along with their own values.
"Teens simply will not respect your authority if your reasons seem ridiculous," says Rhodes.Trying to control the outcome will only hurt your relationship with them." However, if your child wants to date the same sex, their maturity level might be even more critical, says Mc Bain.Help prepare them in case someone makes a hurtful or otherwise insensitive comment toward them (because unfortunately, some people, even teens, still view same-sex relationships as undesirable.) And remember: Many kids do not come out to their parents first, largely out of fear of judgment or criticism."If you are parenting out of fear, you are more likely to get a battle.
If you are parenting to help your teen have healthy experiences, then share your own dating stories from that age and express your wish that they have a different experience." As scary as it can be to let your child start dating, you're actually helping them learn important skills.
The repercussions could be even greater if your child is at an age when most of their peers are already dating.