Go with your gut instincts..the bittersweet emotions of your dear baby girl growing up (some teens don't like to hear that), but I know its hard! But all I have to share is this: when I was about that age, I never told my Parents about any "date" I had.At least she grew up with the boy..you know his mother. Me and my friends always had gone out as a 'group' of boys & girls anyway, whether platonic or not.Though my daughter and son are 9 and 6, we have already discussed how dating is for when you are ready to start looking for a husband or wife. I don’t want to tell them “no” right off the bat, so I throw out other ideas such as, invite him to your home to watch movies where you can supervise them, or even a group of friends to watch movies and eat pizza.Not something many teenagers are looking to find just yet. Or, if you go out to dinner as a family, take him along.And, my Dad always made our home an 'open house' for all my friends to just hang out at, for boys and girls. but I was just too 'shy' to tell him I actually had a 'date' per say.They and all my friends parents all knew each other anyway. So, it is GREAT that your daughter even told you about this. Just KEEP the lines of communication open for anything she wants to talk about... It was my own awkwardness..not trying to hide it from him.
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So, I would tell my parents I was going to the movies with my 'girlfriends' and then they would drive me there and drop me off.
Then me, my girlfriends and the "guy" would then pair up, on our 'date.' It was all innocent...
I also told her when she's 16 she can date ONLY IF we meet the boy. But I will tell you, love her, let her know you love her and then love her even more. Family Coach I say go with the two who say give permission for a group date.
I know that when a child asks her/his parents for permission to "date" it is not only about going out with the girl/boy, they are also asking, "do you trust me? I will not give you advice as I do not know your family, your values, nor do I understand your relationship with your daughter.