When Should Teens Be Allowed To Date? And Do Teens Even Go Out On Dates These Days?

This week's Moms Talk question looks at the never ending question of when can your teen start dating.

Moms Talk is a feature on Belmont Patch that is part of a new initiative on our Patch sites to reach out to moms and families.

Belmont Patch invites you and your circle of friends to help build a community of support for mothers and their families right here in town.

Moms, dads, grandparents and the diverse families who make up our community will have a new resource for questions about local neighborhood schools, the best pediatricians, youth sports and the thousands of other issues that arise while raising children.

Moms Talk will also be the place to drop in for a talk about the latest parenting hot topic. Do you know of local moms raising their children in the Tiger Mother's way and is it the best way? Where can we get information on local flu shot clinics for children? How can we help our children's schools weather their budget cutbacks?

So grab a cup of coffee and settle in as we start the conversation today with a question:

At what age do you believe teens should be allowed to date? What are some of the early restrictions you place on your teens when they are starting to date (curfews, etc.)?

Just as a starter, do teens even date? My son, "The Boy," laughed everytime I asked if he was dating (of course, after taking my money) suggesting I must have stepped out of the outdated history text he brought home. "Dating? No one dates!"

Let us know what you think about this question in the comments below!

Lisa Gibalerio June 07, 2011 at 01:00 PM
At my house of origin, we weren't allowed to date until the age of 16. (Although it was a few years after that before anyone actually wanted to date me . . . . ) This still sounds like the appropriate age, but as "The Boy" implied, dating (as we remember it) seems to be a thing of the past. I'll set the bar high (16) and see what happens.


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