Dear Kim, Thank you for your excellent question and for your patience in waiting for my response!
It is a relevant question, in a society that pushes dating at such a young age.
"Most of the activity happens in a pack, and communication takes place between friend groups." By 8th grade, dating probably means talking on the phone and hanging out, usually in groups.
For instance, Atkins suggests asking your child why they think someone acted the way they did, and whether they made a good or healthy choice. It's your job, as their parent, to figure out if your child is ready to handle the level of dating they have in mind.Pay attention to how they respond when you start a conversation about dating.When your teen wants to date someone significantly older or younger, dating becomes especially complicated.You and your teen need to be aware of your state's laws and consider the risks inherent in teens dating outside of their age group.Most importantly, you need to be able to come up with enforceable rules and limits that work for your family.
There are no laws regulating who can date whom in the United States.
Re: Child Dating Laws and Ages You asked if it is legal for a 16 year old to date a 21 year old. It's when dating moves to a physical relationship that the adult will have problems.
As long as the two are only dating then there generally isn't a problem.
I believe it’s important to step back from the pressures around you and take a good look at the whole issue of dating. I hope that by giving you such a full answer, it will open your heart to the counter-cultural approach I am proposing to you regarding romance, dating and courtship.
The Purpose of Dating: What is the purpose of dating?
It is unlawful for a person over the age of 18 to have an intimate physical relationship with a person under the age of 18 if there is a difference in ages of more than two years.