But along with learning about what it feels like to hold hands at the mall, and to sneak a kiss on the patio steps, it is also a time for teens to learn important concepts such as boundaries, autonomy, and the right to say “No” without consequences.Jana and Chris didn’t realize that their 16 year-old son Michael, was unprepared in any of these lessons soon after he started going out with a new girl he had met through a friend." She still seemed too young for a middle-school mixer and the awkwardness that accompanied it.I thought about my first dance: standing alone in a corner, not moving, desperately waiting for him to notice me.He was spending more late hours with her on the phone.They realized it was much more serious than they imagined when they walked in on him in his room and he clumsily tried to hide a razor blade under his pillow.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.
Though I had been careful to remain morally clean and had done my best to prepare my boyfriend for a mission, it was still no excuse for my actions.Experts say parents can't do much to protect kids from the bumps and bruises of first crushes beyond keeping the lines of communication open and offering comfort.That's no simple task—kids seem to leapfrog from sweet curiosity about the opposite gender to demanding to know when they're allowed to date to holding hands, kissing and more.“She was hurting herself, it turns out,” Chris reveals, “and she kept trying to get him to do it by telling him it would help him understand how she felt. We were really angry with this girl, but it was just as surprising to us that he was actually going to do it.He’s a sensitive kid, but that just wasn’t anything he had ever tried before.