Right age for dating
It looks like you becoming such close friends with someone that you would call that person your best friend.
It looks like a friend who cares just as much about you as you do about them (Romans 12:9-10).
Parents may joke that it’s an experience they want their child to have -- just not until somewhere around the age of 30. A 6th grade girl may say, "Jacob is my boyfriend," but what does that mean?
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.
Instead, if they answer your questions or seem eager to date, you can steer the conversation toward reassuring them that these feelings are normal. Are they just trying to keep up with their friends?
Are they confident and able to take care of themselves? Do they look physically more mature than they are, emotionally?
“Of course it will probably be uncomfortable for both of you,” Anthony says.
The more you talk to your kids about what it means to be in a healthy relationship, the more likely they are to experience that, whenever they start dating.
"Acceptable" is such a loose term, so it's hard to say what is "acceptable" for any given person.