Parents may joke that it’s an experience they want their child to have -- just not until somewhere around the age of 30. A 6th grade girl may say, "Jacob is my boyfriend," but what does that mean?Seriously, though, when is your child ready to date? "At this age, kids use dating labels but aren’t ready to have much direct one-on-one interaction beyond maybe sitting together at lunch or recess," says Dale Atkins, Ph D, a family therapist in New York.
“We don’t have the vocabulary and we don’t have the experiences to be able to help.Any parent of a teenager knows how challenging it can be when a teen becomes interested in dating.Caring parents try to do all they can to be there for a child who has questions or wants to discuss anything.It's sometimes hard for parents to find a balance between hovering over a teen and giving them too much freedom.After all, guiding teens into the dating world is an unfamiliar experience for many parents. Some teens date because they see their friends beginning to date and don't want to be left behind.