There are no laws regulating who can date whom in the United States.
As long as the parents of minor children don't object and no sexual contact of any sort occurs, teens can date anyone of any age.
Typically, it should either be three years up and three years down from your own age.
If the minors parents/gaurdiens approve, there shouldn't be a conflict. The only age limits concerning dating are that a legal adult (18 ) should not date a minor (18-), but as it stands, if they have been dating since the adult was still a minor it doesn't matter.
Going out in mixed groups also gives boys and girls an opportunity to just enjoy one another’s company, without the awkwardness and sexual tension that can intrude upon a one-to-one date. Many of us feel that way when we imagine our son or daughter disappearing into the night arm in arm with a young lady or a young man. Eagar advises not allowing single dating before age sixteen.
When your teen wants to date someone significantly older or younger, dating becomes especially complicated.
For eighth-graders, dating likely means lots of time spent talking on the phone and hanging out in groups.
Dating customs have changed since you were a teenager.
At this age, it probably means your son or daughter is sitting next to a special someone at lunch or hanging out at recess.
Ray Guarendi As a family psychologist, I am often asked by parents when their children should begin dating. Let’s suppose that you’ve decided to begin dating discussions when your daughter turns 16.
They usually hasten to inform me, “All his (her) friends are dating.” My quick answer is: When they’re married, and only with their spouse. Now back in the old days — the early 1980s — you met resistance for such a decision mainly from the children. You can’t wrap a moral bubble around them; they have to deal with life. A recent survey suggested that if a child has a first date between the ages of 11 and 13, he or she has a 90% probability of being sexually active during senior year in high school. Key factors to consider in granting any type of dating freedom are your child’s: • moral maturity • independence of thought • history of conduct in other social settings • strength of will • social judgment • choice of friends • responsibility toward schoolwork • respect for authority.
The recent trend among early adolescents is for boys and girls to socialize as part of a group.
They march off en masse to the mall or to the movies, or join a gang tossing a Frisbee on the beach.
As hormones fly, you can expect to deal with your fair share of conflict.