What the experts say" data-reactid="33"Most recommend 15 and 16 as the ideal ages to begin dating.For Ron Eagar, a pediatrician at Denver Health Medical Center, the magic number is 16.So long as kids’ grades aren’t suffering and nothing else is falling by the wayside, let them progress from friendships to dating at their own pace. The vast majority of first loves never make it past high school.
After all, it probably seems like just yesterday you were buying action figures and setting up tea parties.
No one knows your child better than you, so consider his or her maturity level, and perhaps ask the opinions of parents of teens whom you respect.
Donna Thomas-Rodgers, Ph D, suggests allowing teens to go to group dances and supervised events at 14, on group dates at 15, and on individual dates at 16.
“When teens start at 15 years old with actual group dating, you can support the child’s dating choices and supervise their decisions,” Thomas-Rodgers told She Knows.
As tweens become teens and Facebook links replace friendship bracelets, dating ensues, leaving many parents wondering, what’s the best age for teens to begin coupling up?