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When to Start Dating? Important Characteristics Before You Let Your Child Date

Feb 23, 2015 / Life Stage: Pre-Teens and Teenagers     

Regardless of your family’s convictions about how and when to date, one important thing to look at is their maturity. For instance, our kids should be willing to involve family in dating situations. Family interaction allows them to be “out in the open” with the relationship. But an unwillingness to do so may mean there’s something to hide. Being around family also reveals the character of your child and their date. Look for these additional marks of maturity before your child starts dating.



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