What age did you allow your daughters to date?

Arial - posted on 03/02/2015 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My oldest daughter just turned 13 last month and she has asked if she could ''date'' because she likes a boy at school. She makes good grades, does chores, goes to church, and has a very mature outlook on things. Sometimes I can't tell if my daughter is 13 or 25 just by how poised she is. She's a good girl. I have asked my friends who are parents what they think, and they all feel that she's too young.

I do think 13 is young for a real relationship, but then again she's going through puberty and it's normal for young, hormonal girls to want to date. I don't think dating is so much about age but maturity is what really counts. Your mental compass and emotional development. There are adults that aren't mature enough to take relationships seriously. I'm not worried about my daughters age I just don't want her to get distracted by boys and experience heart break at such a young age. I also want my daughter to know the difference between love and infatuation. Moms, what is your opinion?

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Jodi - posted on 03/02/2015

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I find it very hard to believe you can't tell if your daughter is 13 or 25. There is a big age and maturity difference there.

I agree that 13 is way too young for a real relationship and too young for dating. It's one thing if she is "going out with" a boy at school, but quite another to be in a situation where she has unsupervised "dates". I don't care how mature a 13 year old is, a serious relationship or unsupervised dating is not appropriate.

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