It could be a little uncomfortable or embarrassing, but if your child is unable to even discuss it with you without getting defensive or upset, take that as a sign that they probably aren’t ready.Be aware that for many tweens and young teenagers, dating amounts to socializing in a group.The preteen and teen years aren’t easy on you or your child.As hormones fly, you can expect to deal with your fair share of conflict.I'm twenty, so theoretically I would be able to date anyone 17–26. Firstly despite the age of consent being 16 in the UK, I would stay away from any under 18s, I'm not a fan of angry fathers coming to kill me. The best range is the one you're comfortable with.Also, I would see no problem dating anyone under maybe 30 as a max. Start talking casually about what constitutes a healthy relationship to build the framework they’ll use when they’re reading to start dating.
Be patient and sensitive, and remember that sometimes just listening is the best thing you can do.Don’t minimize, trivialize, or make fun of your child’s first relationship.When you think about, it’s actually the first intimate relationship your child is making with someone outside of the family. Remember that high school romances tend to be self-limiting, but look for warning signs too.Some kids may have progressed to hand holding as well.
In high school, strong romantic attachments can be formed and things can get serious, fast.
You can also consider what other parents are doing.