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**************** Chris, Some of my children’s friends have started dating.We have told our daughter that we don’t want her to date.By Julie Baumgardner A young mom was talking with her 8-year-old daughter about her day at school when the daughter revealed she had a boyfriend.Mom, in her infinite wisdom said, “You are really too young to have a boyfriend.I am very pleased to announce that Chris Jordan will now be fielding questions about raising tweens and teens.This really has come about because Chris’ inbox has been filling up with readers sending her personalized emails asking her advice and since we’re all in this together, why not share with you all, right?

Adolescents who are dating because of peer pressure or a need to belong can experience significant disappointment.

Maggie Hope, a licensed professional counselor in Nashville, TN advises young women first “to believe that we don’t owe anyone anything for taking us on a date.

The desire for physical intimacy is a natural next step when moving from a platonic relationship to a romantic one. Decision-making about the level of physical intimacy to be shared with another person can be confusing during these early stages.

Dating customs have changed since you were a teenager.

The most striking difference is the young age at which children now begin dating: on average, twelve and a half for girls, and thirteen and a half for boys.

You should have lots of boys as friends at your age.” The little girl sighed and said, “I know, but when I am 14, I will be old enough to date.” Somewhat surprised by the comment, the mother asked her daughter what you do on a date. Have you ever had a discussion with your teen about the purpose of dating or what you do on a date?

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