What is a reasonable age to start dating

'I have the right to do anything'—but not everything is constructive." We have many freedoms through Christ, but that doesn't mean that everything will be healthy or good for you.

Seriously, though, when is your child ready to date? "At this age, kids use dating labels but aren’t ready to have much direct one-on-one interaction beyond maybe sitting together at lunch or recess," says Dale Atkins, Ph D, a family therapist in New York.

Then tell them, “Just three more years, and you can date.” Just kidding -- sort of.

Can you provide me with some good guidelines regarding dating relationships and reasonable rules for interaction with the opposite sex?

"Most of the activity happens in a pack, and communication takes place between friend groups." By 8th grade, dating probably means talking on the phone and hanging out, usually in groups.

By high school, kids are more likely to develop serious romantic attachments.