There is interest, but they are not coupled up, which is normal.Kids can gain a lot from being in healthy supportive relationships; it adds to their sense of competence and self esteem. "But I didn't start dating until I was 18," says Mom. According to one survey, nearly half of teens between the ages of 11 to 14 years old are dating. More and more parents are faced with this dilemma today.
Like adults, most kids think their peers are having more sex than they actually are.At the same time, dating even in groups can be too intimidating for some, and it is important for a child to know that not everyone is dating.And if she is not - and even if she is just not interested yet-that is perfectly normal too.With this knowledge of the dating scene, why would anyone allow their tween to start dating?"Teenagers often wonder two things: how to date and what a healthy relationship is," says Jennifer Connolly, Ph D, Director of the La Marsh Centre for Research on Violence and Conflict Resolution at York University.