View Poll Results: What age should kids start dating (one-on-one)
11 OR under 1 0.53%
12 1 0.53%
13 5 2.65%
14 16 8.47%
15 31 16.40%
16 81 42.86%
17 10 5.29%
18 23 12.17%
19 or older 5 2.65%
other 16 8.47%
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Old 06-05-2010, 10:42 PM   #1
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What Age for Dating

Just wondering what age you think that it is okay for children to start dating. I mean one-on-one dating as opposed to being in a group.

My poll is general and not dependent on the gender of the child, but if you think that that matters, could you explain why?

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Re: What Age for Dating

I would want to say at least 16 for one on one dating.
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Re: What Age for Dating

I think it depends on the maturity of the kid... but I believe my general rule in my head (I may change my mind when DD is older LOL) is that they would have to be in high school... which starts in grade 9 here. So I voted 14.

I would also say it depends on the age of the person they WANT to date. I wouldn't want a 14 year old dating a 19 year old or something.. but then I would have no problem with the same age gap if it was 18 year old and 23 year old.
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I think that at 13 years old kids should be able to go the movies and other stuff like that (with parents dropping off and picking up of course), but only with boyfriends/girlfriends their own age. I think that at 16 years old kids should be able to go out to eat and on actual "dates" on their own.
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I'd say 17!
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Re: What Age for Dating

I can't put an age on it, honestly. Maturity and trust is a HUGE factor. For instance, my niece is 11 and just asked her mom (my SIL) if she could date. Yikes. She is very irresponsible and rather immature for her age, so if she were my daughter it would be a looooong time before I'd even consider it. Yet there is another 14 yo that I know that is very trustworthy and responsible and so for her, the answer would be different.

Luckily, it will be many many many years before my kids ever get to that point.
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We've always told our daughter 16. She's 14 now and just starting to show an interest in boys. Many of her friends have been dating for a while, but she doesn't seem bothered by our age 16 rule. At least not yet!
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Depends on the kid IMO.
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I was raised with the policy that you could date when you could honestly see yourself married in two years. That doesn't mean you must marry the first person you date, or anything silly like that, but that you should have that kind of maturity. I remember having crushes on guys when I was 15, 16, and my mom just asking, so you think you could be married at 18? I knew there was no way. I had my first one-on-one date when I was 19. I think young teenagers dating one-on-one is setting themselves up for teen sex, and who needs that at 14 or 15 years old?

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I voted 18 but should of went other..

I would rather my girls focus on their education and college then focus on courting/dating

*we will be doing courting only and will continue to support that until marriage if they allow us past the age of 18
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