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This may require negotiating in a family meeting to come to an understanding.Parents of a 14-year-old teenager may not allow the child to date an individual who is over 16 years old. My mother-bear self wants to lay down the law and tell her no way in hell is she going to be dating an 18 year old who we know nothing about.I want to support her to start thinking through some of this for herself, but whereas she used to have very good judgment, these days she's running on low self esteem and hormones and I believe would follow anybody home who told her she had beautiful eyes. I talked to her about birth control and safe sex and she clearly was not ready. She went to his house once or twice, all when parents were home. When she has been out later with others I often pick her up (the joys of cell phones! I guess when there is another boyfriend I will want to meet him also.
When my daughter asked me when I thought a girl was ready to have sex, I replied ''when she's ready to handle a baby.'' We all know that every form of birth control has a failure rate, so I don't think it's too far out to talk about pregnancy.Most parents worry about teenagers dating because of safety issues such as driving a car at night and crime statistics.Additional concerns for parents are peer pressure to engage in activities including alcohol consumption or drug use.Appropriate Age Establishing an age to begin dating is the first step for most parents and teenagers.The standard age for allowing a teenager to date is usually 16.
Talk to your daughter about different things that can happen when she is with him and let her know she can make a choice about what she wants to do. I also tell her if he wants to ''go farther'' than she does, she absolutely has the right to say ''no''.