When your kid starts talking seriously about really, REALLY liking someone at school, your best line of defense is to be prepared, and know that you might have to have this conversation with your kids a lot sooner than your parents had to have it with you.Because we had a clear understanding that he made the rules and could repo my princess phone at any moment, I never broached the subject until I was 15 years and 10 months old. Because I’m often hardheaded and eternally optimistic, I went to my dad to see if we could bend the rules just a little bit. H.” I was crushed, but I knew that short of aliens inhabiting his body, nothing was going to change his mind. Two and a half years of high school dating still gave me plenty of opportunities to have my heart broken before going off to college.I thought about my first dance: standing alone in a corner, not moving, desperately waiting for him to notice me.
When I was a kid my dad told me, in a voice steely in its reserve, that I could date when I was 16 and not a day sooner. A cute boy with feathered hair and a Lacoste shirt asked me out on a double date to see John Travolta own his role as Bud in Urban Cowboy.There is also a practical element: If the romantic interest – or, interestingly enough, their friends – drink or use drugs, your child will likely follow suit to demonstrate their ability to fit into the partner’s life.This type of indirect peer pressure can be positive if the partner and their friends steer clear of drugs and alcohol, or it can be an early introduction to a potentially life-altering problem.asked a bunch of 7th graders what dating is really like in middle school.And though some of their musings are pretty age-specific, turns out dating doesn’t really change that much from 7th grade through ’til, well, ever.And while parents' dating advice may seem about as welcomed by teens as the swine flu, the research suggests the opposite—that young people not only value parental input, but tend to have healthier relationships when they receive parental advice.