But your child’s age isn’t the biggest factor to consider when deciding whether he’s ready to pursue a romantic relationship. For example, how does he handle his responsibilities? This is important to keep in mind for several reasons: Rather than targeting a specific age for dating, use this precious time to help your child work on his social skills. Talk through examples such as whether to lean in for a kiss now or to wait.
I once thought I'd fallen in love with an adorable British Israeli lawyer who started chatting with me while we waited at a crosswalk in Manhattan.
I felt an immediate spark, and after we exchanged numbers, we planned our first date without ever bringing up our ages.
Watch TV shows together that focus on teen relationships.
Use these shows to examine positive and negative interactions between characters. Use concrete examples to remind him of how good it felt when someone understood what he was saying or feeling.
Be sure to mention the potential of hearts getting broken (theirs or the other person’s), as well as the different expectations people bring to the dating table (yes, we’re talking about the level of sexual engagement: Some teens may be satisfied with holding hands; others may not).