I'm 13 and my mother won't let me date until I'm 15.

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A 35-year-old teacher was dating her 13 year-old student.

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For that reason, to protect their daughters and to give them time to learn skills in relating to others, parents set dating age requirements. What do you do if your date uses alcohol or drugs and/or pressures you for sex? Collins worked daily with the parents of the students in her various schools, and has facilitated several parenting groups.

A date usually implies going somewhere alone with another person. Have you really had enough experience that you can handle those kinds of situations? My guess is that your mom is not going to change her mind, but I would encourage you to talk with her about your inviting small groups of boys and girls over for some activity like a picnic, swimming, going to an arcade, hiking, biking -- whatever you and others might enjoy. You will learn about some of the boys and you will learn how to interact with them. Please note: This "Expert Advice" area of Family should be used for general information purposes only.

At the same time your mom will have a chance to build up her trust in you and give you advice if anything happens that you are not sure of. Advice given here is not intended to provide a basis for action in particular circumstances without consideration by a competent professional.

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