Dating for 12 year olds
I too, endured many stares...sometimes I really had to work hard not to start laughing! We are on our knees a lot praying for her to keep her promise of purity till marriage.
We're what some might call old fashioned but I've been talking to my daughter about NOT dating too young since she was old enough to understand. But the genitals of a 13 year old, coupled with curiosity and peer pressure... This gave me the perfect opportunity to explain dating, as we, her parents, see it.The double date did not happen, and the stares & silence ended the next day. We attended different high schools, so then we went out with different people.. I was never going to get pregnant and if anyone had tried any shenanigans like that, I was out of there.. I only remember one time I ever came home late from a date, and she very calmly told the young man " J, I am very disappointed with you. I do not think I will ever be able to trust you again." He was devastated and worked really hard to gain her trust, but I knew it was over.She would never admit it, but I think she knows we're not COMPLETELY unreasonable on this one!! Prior to that - I had "boyfriends" and we talked on the phone and went over to each other's houses for homework - doors were ALWAYS open and nothing was done in private. Later there was some kissing and flirting and light making out, but that was towards the end of high school. I had always thought you were a responsible person. Dating while under the eye of parents is the best way to keep things safe.I am not saying your daughter is at all like me, I just wanted you to know where the little bit of dating freedom got me in 7th grade.Maybe you and your husband can sit down and set boundaries for dating since we can't stop our kids from being attracked to boys and liking them, that is so normal, it now what they do with that that matters. I am holding on for dear life, thankfully I will depend on God's guidance and wisdom to get us through.
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