October 19, 2013

Appropriate Age for Teenage Dating | Mom Minute

One thing my husband and I talk about a lot in our home {yes, we talk about something other than hairstyles}, is how to handle teenagers now that we have two.   It is a lot different than what we deal with in the younger children… and we still have 17 years to go until all of them are out of those years!

The Mom Minute episode this week on The Mom’s View is about teenage dating and at what age should it be appropriate…

Teenage Dating | Mom MinuteI need to disclaim myself here and state that our family’s age threshold for dating at 16 is established by what our faith teaches. But, it is much more than that.

Dating should be directly correlated to maturity.  It certainly does help that even our US government does not feel that a teen is mature enough to handle a motor vehicle, with their own lives and those of other passengers, drivers, or pedestrians they encounter, until they are aged 16.

After I filmed this episode, I talked to my twins about “dating” and figured out that the definition I grew up with is much different than what they understand it to be in their school.  Dating for me was literal courtship or just having fun by going out on dates with a member of the opposite sex.  For my children and their peers, dating means what I used to call “going steady” or having a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship.

My husband and I both feel it is very important that our children are mature enough in dating to not only understand the power of love, but also be mature enough to comprehend the power of physical attraction and the responsibility/consequences that go along with it. {If you do not know what I am talking about, simply go ahead and watch an episode of MTV’s Teen Mom…}

Feel free to watch the video below to see my Mom Minute segment on teenage dating, at what age we feel it is appropriate for our children, and why…

What are your thoughts on teenage dating? Feel free to leave your responses here

Happy Parenting!