13 and 15 year old dating
And what is "dating" - they already believe that they are girlfriend/boyfriend. Boyfriends are so darn all consuming mentally at that age.
Dating has become less formal, less two-by-two, and more about doing things in groups. Sure she'll still think about him and communicate (I'm not looking forward to having a texting 13 year old, but it may happen if texting is still the thing in 9 years...), but the dates are a slippery slope.
As a middle school teacher I have seen quite a few very hurt girls and boys who have been dating and we just don't want to see our daughter in that boat.
At 16 or so......our daughter is mature enough and exhibits the Christian qualities we try instill in our house then maybe...as of now, I don't see her wanting to date.
That summer we would meet up at the pool on the weekends. I too, endured many stares...sometimes I really had to work hard not to start laughing! you can take the time out to explain all the risks she is taking now, and try to trust her to a point....
The double date did not happen, and the stares & silence ended the next day. She will not want to wait two more years (or 3, whatever you are planning) to single date. Come in and out of the family room during their time together.Our daughter knows that dating isn't allowed until.....says so! She is the oldest cousin on her dad's side and most of them are boys, so she is very comfortable around boys.She has always seemed to be more of a tomboy and would rather hang around boys, which still happens at school, but in listening to their conversations that's all they are- friends.She would never admit it, but I think she knows we're not COMPLETELY unreasonable on this one!! Prior to that - I had "boyfriends" and we talked on the phone and went over to each other's houses for homework - doors were ALWAYS open and nothing was done in private. What you should do instead is invite a group of kids over to your house, fix them food, play music, have board games, Twister, etc. Be careful to look at any DVD's that a kid might bring to make sure you think it's appropriate- I had a problem with that, but my son is 18. I could go out on group dates at 14 and alone at 15.5.:)T.: Make a compromise - if they want to go to a movie - JOIN THEM!! If you do this, she will feel like she has something fun to do with him, and you hold the cards. Let her give you death stares all she wants - 13 is too young to date. I really don't care if this is a "different time." I'm doing the same for my daughters.
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I believe some kids in school claim that she has a boyfriend, but she has never said that and actually denies it when questions arise.