Most kids are dating way too early

That’s the opinion of family psychologist Ray Guarendi, and judging from the schoolkids I see smooching on the street and at the mall he is right.

So when? It varies with the child, says Guarendi, who gives some solid guidelines for judging. His basic rule is to delay it as long as possible — “until they move out”, he jokes.

And he provides some interesting statistics to put to friends:

Let me share with you a rule. A recent survey suggested that if a child has a first date between the ages of 11 and 13, he or she has a 90% probability of being sexually active during senior year in high school.

First date at age 14 leads to a 50% chance; first date at age 16, 20% chance.

What chance would you prefer? What chance is much of society taking?

This comes from Fathers For Good — a great website for dads.

Carolyn Moynihan

Carolyn Moynihan is the former deputy editor of MercatorNet