A first date is going out "one on one." Though most parents (especially fathers of daughters) would like to hold this rite of passage until around 35, polls say a first date is around fifteen. Before the age of about 15 or 16 most dating is done in groups--boys and girls go together to a movie, a sports game or a mall--and all get to know each other.
Getting those car keys puts a whole different spin on the dating scene. Dating rules are different for each family which could range from disallowing it completely or allowing it only after your child reaches a certain age.
Tips for parents for handling the first date:
- Set clear dating age rules.
- Set a curfew and review them with the date. Know where they are going.
- Personally meet. Insist on personally meeting each date ideally in your home.
- Beware of "too big of age differences" in dating.
- Don't push too early. Studies show that early dating leads to early sexual activity. Waiting to pair off until age 16 or older tends to slow down the rush to sex.
- Encourage involvement in groups that are adult supervised.
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