Tweens and dating

Despite the lack of commitments, kids are still gaining something from the experience - they are learning.This learning phenomenon seems to carry over to all teens, regardless of their sexual orientation.There is interest, but they are not coupled up, which is normal.Kids can gain a lot from being in healthy supportive relationships; it adds to their sense of competence and self esteem.

Abuse has been found to increase with sex at a young age.

"But I didn't start dating until I was 18," says Mom. According to one survey, nearly half of teens between the ages of 11 to 14 years old are dating.

More and more parents are faced with this dilemma today.

Putting limits on what kids can do gives them time to understand in a more relaxed and informal setting, while giving them the confidence and skills they will need to move away from group settings.

Like adults, most kids think their peers are having more sex than they actually are.