Pay attention to how they respond when you start a conversation about dating.“Of course it will probably be uncomfortable for both of you,” Anthony says.
She suggests parents sit down with their pre-teens to discuss the issue calmly, before it even comes up.
Kauffman's advice: Before worrying about your kids and dating, teach your teens to have high self-esteem and give them opportunities to get to know other kids in socially safe environments (5 Tips for Choosing a Teen Camp is a good place to start! For more information about raising teenagers, see Taking the Angst out of Raising Teens.
Tell us what age you think is appropriate for your kids to start dating in the comments below.
"I think 11 -12 is still too young for that stuff...
I'd say maybe 9th grade might be okay, but am not really sure." How young is too young to allow your child to date?