When Is Your Child Old Enough To Begin Dating?

One of the most important and stressful decisions that you can make about your kids is deciding when they are old enough to date.

It's not easy, but there are a few things you can use as guidelines in order to make sure that you are making the best decision about dating for your child and your family.

Remember, it is only natural that your teenage child eventually start dating. This is the way the world works -- remember when you were a teenager and wanted to start dating?

It's exciting and scary and it is vitally important that you give your child the guidance he or she needs as he or she begins dating.

Well-behaved and trustworthy

One of the first and most important things to consider when talking about your child and dating is how well-behaved and trustworthy your child is.

While falling down on these two qualities cannot disqualify your child from dating forever, it is still a reasonable milestone for when dating starts.

This is the kind of thing that will be different for each child. But it is a fairly reliable indicator that your child may be old enough to go out with a date and no chaperone if he or she knows how to act in public and can be trusted to behave, carry herself well, and know her own mind (so that she won't get pushed around or peer pressured into stuff).

Able to keep up with school work

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Another consideration to keep in mind when thinking about your kid and dating is school work. Can your child maintain a dating life and still keep his or her grades up?

This is really important because school should be the higher priority, especially if your child has aspirations to go to college one day.

Peers begin dating

A good dating guideline is to see when your child's peers begin dating in groups.

Of course, just because everyone else is dating doesn't mean your child is ready to begin dating but it is good for you to know what is going on and that way you can explore the issue of dating as needed and in a timely manner.

Has a job to pay for dating

And finally, when you are considering if your child is ready to begin dating, you should think about whether or not he or she has a job to pay for dating. After all, you know it, dating is not cheap.

There are the actual dates, the clothes, transportation, and more. So even if you are ready to have your child begin dating, are you ready to subsidize it?

If you are not, then it is time to reconsider your child and dating. After all, you can't be expected to pay for everything, especially as the cost of entertainment and things increase.

So if your child does not have a job, dating may be a good incentive to go out and get one. As you can see, there are lots of things to keep in mind when it comes to your child and dating. 

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