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" FM, from Los Angeles, Calif., added "Italian father. My head just exploded at the thought." Here's what the rest of the Web had to say about kids and dating: Define dating Dating" or "Hanging out" Big difference these days ... but around 7th [grade], when the dances start, the dating starts.

The fundamental thing is to listen and to acknowledge your teen’s feelings.

Don’t trivialise the issue with comments along the lines of “You’ll get over it,” or “Most people don’t get married to their high school sweetheart.” First love can be a powerful emotion.

Seriously, dating age depends upon all kinds of factors, and varies from child to child, even within the same family. Never consider your neighborhood’s “average age” when making your decision. Parents used to expect instinctively to be challenged by their kids, especially in judgments of how fast one should grow up. If you make kids too different, they’ll feel like weirdos who don’t fit in. First date at age 14 leads to a 50% chance; first date at age 16, 20% chance. I figure if I make the list long enough, my kids won’t be eligible to date until they move out.

But here are some general guidelines from my experience: 1. What is quite different these days is that you are almost as likely to be questioned by your peers, the parents of your children’s friends, They will say: “These are different times. Once you are confident your son or daughter has met these standards, sit them down, let them know how much you admire who they are and who they’re becoming.

The dating sneak attack My Dad always said no dating until I was 16.

When I was around 14 I wanted to go on a date but knew he wouldn't let me.

Jennifer Hartstein, an adolescent and child psychologist, to discuss what they think is appropriate when it comes teens, dating, and sex. Fears said, "It's made to be casual to them because it is everywhere.

It's in movies, on TV, all over the Internet, and in music lyrics. And so they've become really desensitized to it."Hartstein said, "We want to each our kids that it's really not just about sex.

Middle-schooler Giovanni, said, "Some people just hang out with their boyfriend or girlfriend. But some people get sexual about it."Statistics show that 46 percent of teens between the ages of 15-19 have had sex at least once.

Teens are exposed to intimate relationships early on. I've heard people talk about doing 'it.' I've heard cases of people doing it in the school. Miller was joined on "The Early Show" Wednesday by Linda Fears, editor in chief of Family Circle magazine and Momster.com, as well as Dr. You have to have had lots of conversations about this so they're aware of your expectations, your family values."While sex is one thing to be concerned about, Miller was also concerned about the ability of these kids to develop emotional relationships because of the frequency of hooking up and casual encounters.

Then tell them, “Just three more years, and you can date.” Just kidding -- sort of.