Dating should not be allowed until 17

21 Dec

They march off en masse to the mall or to the movies, or join a gang tossing a Frisbee on the beach.

Let's just say that I was sort of a goody two shoes and didn't want to upset my parents. I am now a mother of a 12 year old daughter and a 10 year old son.First it's just kissing, then it's fondling, then hands are making their way under clothes, and before you know it, everybody wants more more more. Yeah, it may be an old stereotype, but it's no secret that, as a teenager especially, it is often really hard to control ourselves physically.Matthew says that "the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." Why is it that our bodies rebel against our minds when it comes to sexual purity?Recently, the children of two close friends have begun dating. So I threw the question out there to the World Wide Web: "At what age did you or will you allow your children to start dating? And it made me realize that we, as parents, have a pretty wide range of ideas on what age kids should be allowed to start dating and even on what dating means at various ages.Simply put, God created sex to be pleasurable, that's why our bodies desire it and all the sensations that come with it.But sex was created to be enjoyed only in the context of marriage between a husband and wife.We are not genetically predisposed to deal with such things. Double duty In my house, we allowed dating to start at 9th grade.But for my daughter, the boy had to be willing to go on a "double date" with my husband and I first.However, you might not recognize it as dating per se.The recent trend among early adolescents is for boys and girls to socialize as part of a group.