Circle of Moms member Lynn W., whose sixth grade son is among the youngest in his class, worries that some of his friends already have girlfriends.
"I think 11 -12 is still too young for that stuff...
She suggests parents sit down with their pre-teens to discuss the issue calmly, before it even comes up.
This conversation will help you figure out if your child is ready.
It's really about relationships and caring for another person. Because we get so focused on the sex part, we forget that the relationship comes in behind it, and our kids are missing some of that."She added that there's no definite answer or a set age parents can agree on to allow their children to begin dating.
CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller chatted about it with group of middle-schoolers and high-school freshmen from Hackensack, N. She says those views aren't what they used to be regarding the appropriate age to begin to date."I think it doesn't really matter about age too much, if you feel like a relationship could mean something to you," said Jane, 14.
The general consensus from the group was that 12 seems to be a good age to begin dating.
Teens are exposed to intimate relationships early on. I've heard people talk about doing 'it.' I've heard cases of people doing it in the school. Miller was joined on "The Early Show" Wednesday by Linda Fears, editor in chief of Family Circle magazine and Momster.com, as well as Dr. You have to have had lots of conversations about this so they're aware of your expectations, your family values."While sex is one thing to be concerned about, Miller was also concerned about the ability of these kids to develop emotional relationships because of the frequency of hooking up and casual encounters.
Jennifer Hartstein, an adolescent and child psychologist, to discuss what they think is appropriate when it comes teens, dating, and sex. Fears said, "It's made to be casual to them because it is everywhere.