I wrote a blog a bit ago on my site about kids and dating, raising teens, etc. There have been a few books that I have been reading lately on the subject. I just finished The Hurried Child: Growing Up Too Fast Too Soon by David Elkind, Ph.D. I HIGHLY recommend this book. It was extremely illuminating.
After much thought and consideration my husband and I have made the decision to help our kids wait to date until they are much older....old enough to consider marriage.
This position is obviously going to come under attack, but I don't see the harm in waiting and nobody is squelching anyone's feelings. People's feelings come and go all of the time....for example, you can have a crush on your dentist, but that doesn't mean you act on it. Self-control is a virtue.
There have been some negative reactions to my blog post. People feel that we might be damaging our children in the long run by encouraging them to wait.
I'd love to hear your (respectful) thoughts on the subject. Debate is good. Attacking and insulting people is not good. Let's keep it decent.
Plus, you can check out art while you're reading. :)