While there may be the occasional romantic twosome among the members, the majority are unattached.
If anything, youngsters in the group spend as much time interacting with their same-sex friends as they do with members of the opposite sex. Ron Eagar, a pediatrician at Denver Health Medical Center, views group dating as a healthy way for adolescents to ease into the dating pool rather than dive in.
Movies, music and television can make young girls think that being in a relationship will make them “more desirable” or ‘more mature.” Seeing images of couples in movies or hearing songs about love can make a girl yearn for a romantic relationship of her own. Like many other decisions we make in adolescence (what we wear, what we look like, whom we hang out with), what others think is often an important motivator.
Don’t confuse group dating with double-dating or triple-dating.Many times, young girls enter a relationship or pretend to be interested in finding a significant other because they do not want to be the odd one out.Dating young can have several negative effects on a girl’s life.When a young girl begins to date, she can start channelling all her energy and focus into her significant other, leaving her friends and family to the side.Not only can the people who care about her lose out on spending time with her, but she may also be missing out on the broad range of experiences that can help her become a stronger, more intelligent young woman.Since you have a houseful of kids, I am wondering how you deal with this. “Mean Mom” Back when all of my children were small I always said that they could date once they were ready to get married. Based on my own life experiences I couldn’t see how it possibly could be a good thing. As they have grown I have realized that there is no protecting children from being hurt. Once they can drive they will be off going places and you probably won’t know where half the time.