Dating at the age of 14
Be aware that for many tweens and young teenagers, dating amounts to socializing in a group.
While there may be interest between two in particular, it’s not double-dating so much as a group heading out or meeting up at the movies or the mall. There’s no right answer, even if most parents feel strongly that sometime around age 35 is perfect.
You go from changing their diapers, to teaching them how to tie their shoes, to eventually helping them understand dating and love.
Some kids may have progressed to hand holding as well.
The American Academy of Pediatrics notes that on average, girls begin dating as early as 12 and a half years old, and boys a year older. You may be surprised to hear dating labels like “boyfriend,” “girlfriend,” and “together” from the lips of your sixth-grader.
At this age, it probably means your son or daughter is sitting next to a special someone at lunch or hanging out at recess.
It’s important to acknowledge how your child is feeling without trying to pull them out of sadness.
Be patient and sensitive, and remember that sometimes just listening is the best thing you can do.