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Being a father, you have spent so long being the prince charming of all of your daughter’s fairytales, slaying dragons, vanquishing evil step-mothers, freeing her from the clutches of powerful wizards. With so much to do, time passes by so quickly and you suddenly realize that your little princess is not so little anymore. She has grown up and is ready to date and you have been caught off guard. Now all that leaves to be done is for you, her dad, to come to terms with his teenage daughter dating.
However, here are a few basic ground rules you can start off with and make new and improved rules as you go along:
If you are confused about how to deal with teenage daughter dating and what age is appropriate for it, remember that it basically depends on the maturity level of the child in question. If you feel that your daughter is responsible and mature enough to be given this freedom and privilege, then group dates can be allowed by the age of 15 and double dates around the time she hits 17. Single dates should be discouraged before 17 or allowed only for certain occasions.
To begin with, always remind your teenager how important friendship is and how safe and reasonable it is to just stay friends till you are sure of the other person. Next, tell them about some of the most basic attributes of the kind of person you would want or allow them to be with. Teach your teen to look for outward traits of people which show the kind of person they may be inside, like a good reputation at school, a self-controlled mouth, wise driving habits and so on.
Now that you have accepted that your daughter has come of age, here are a few things a dad can do to make sure that nothing goes