I knew exactly where she was, but I had left it up to her when to finally come home. I prefer to have them learn to be accountable and responsible and the best way to do that is to give them responsibility, trust them, and stay close to them.RANDY: You will notice, Brenda, that we haven't put the stamp of approval on sixteen as the “magic number” for dating.RANDY (Randy Carlson): Tell me, Brenda, at what age will you let your daughter single-date?BRENDA (a parent who asked about her daughter dating): I guess I'm playing it by ear right now.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?STORY: Should You Make Your Child Stop Sucking His Thumb?These days girls and boys are more likely to ask each other out via text or direct messages on social media.But while the culture of teen dating has evolved, has the age at which it starts changed, and when exactly is the best time? The Great Debate" data-reactid="23"STORY: When Is Your Kid Old Enough to Babysit? Their lack of maturity leaves them ill-prepared to handle some of the common emotions and issues that couples face, and without many peers going through similar experiences, they’re left to figure things out for themselves.
All but gone are the days when an invite to a movie came by way of a phone call or a shy, in-person meeting.I don’t have first-hand knowledge, but thanks to reality TV, I believe it appears to involve asking the woman’s dad if she is available to date, and possibly not kissing until the actual wedding.Outside the Duggar-verse, there is the less overt but just as prevalent “ideal spouse” dating. Did she want my sweatshirt because she was cold, or because she likes me?As my friend Lindsey, married and in her thirties, recently remarked, “I’m sure glad I wasn’t much of a Christian when I started dating my husband!” Whether over coffee in my kitchen or on the hallowed ground of women’s small groups, I hear these murmurs constantly.