Age of dating

A common rule of thumb, at least on the internet, is that it’s okay to be interested in someone “half your age plus seven” years.

According to this rule, it would not be creepy for a 30 year old to date a 22 year-old, but an 18 year-old would be off-limits.

So long as kids’ grades aren’t suffering and nothing else is falling by the wayside, let them progress from friendships to dating at their own pace. The vast majority of first loves never make it past high school.

Just keep an eye on your teens, and let them know they can come to you if they need you.

For one, group dating is more popular than ever (not to be confused with double dating, this is when girls and boys hang out en masse, usually at a mall or a restaurant).

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What the experts say Most recommend 15 and 16 as the ideal ages to begin dating.

George Comerci, a Tucson pediatrician, told Healthy

“It is a very important relationship to teenagers, and it’s important for another reason, in that it is their first intimate relationship with someone outside their family.”Some experts warn against waiting too long to allow kids to date.

But when the age difference is bigger, there are other things to consider.

An age difference of a few years may not seem like an issue, but things such as expectations, priorities and general interests can change quickly as you get older.

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