16 yr old and dating - FamilyEducation
16 yr old and dating
03/21/2010 at 21:25 PM

Well, I didn't get help with the last post so maybe I will on this one.

My daughter is 16 and wants to date just whoever, she has no self-esteem and will go out with just anybody despite the fact they may be smokers, or drinkers, or drug users. And I know when it comes down to peer pressure she will not say no.

Do I let her go out with these kids?

I say know cause I know it will only be a matter of time before she is doing everything they are doing.

My answer is no. My daughter is 17 and she has not ever been allowed to go out with anyone unless her father and I approved of the person. If she asked about a boy that I knew was a partier and might put my daughter in danger then she would not be allowed to go with him and I would spend some time counseling her on making good choices. It is important that teenagers understand that we will trust them but they have to show us that they have the ability to make good choices and not put themselves or others in danger. Marti http://www.familyeducation.com/home/

Thanks Marti! Thats exactly what I was thinking but it helps to know that I am not alone.