She suggests parents sit down with their pre-teens to discuss the issue calmly, before it even comes up.
This conversation will help you figure out if your child is ready.
But moms who've already been through this stage say it needn't be cause for stress; the key is to figure out whether your particular child is truly ready to begin dating. Nichole N., a mom of five, spaning from age 6 to 25, believes that it "depends on the maturity of the child." And Angie B.
adds that "The age for dating is different [in] every family," and that much depends on a particular child's level of preparedeness.
Turns out he didn't know anything, he just thought that it was hanging out and being good friends.