I'd say maybe 9th grade might be okay, but am not really sure." How young is too young to allow your child to date?Many moms say that the dating issue is likely to come up for the first time during the tween years, and that it can make a parent surprisingly anxious.My daughter had told me of a recent talk they’d had at school, and I had been waiting for the follow up email.The talk wasn’t on puberty – they'd had that talk the previous year. Over the past couple of months, boys and girls in the year have started asking each other ‘out’.
Until a couple of weeks later, when she came home with some news.“Mathew* asked me out,” she told me. About a week into their romance - which consisted of Skype messages and games at recess - the entire Year 5 were summoned in for a Talk.
She is one of the 51 million child brides around the world today. Sinclair says while many Afghans told her the men would wait until puberty, women pulled her aside to tell her that indeed the men do have sex with the prepubescent brides.
And it's not just Muslims; it happens across many cultures and regions. Sinclair has been working on the project for nearly a decade.
Circle of Moms member Lynn W., whose sixth grade son is among the youngest in his class, worries that some of his friends already have girlfriends.
"I think 11 -12 is still too young for that stuff...