I'm interested in hearing people's thoughts about how to deal with issues regarding romantic relationships and sexual awareness as children grow up.
It seems like some kids start dating at *very* young ages. Some of it doesn't seem all that serious, but there are times when parents are aware of it, but don't really monitor what the kids are doing when they are together. And sex ed starts so young now it seems. I realize the point is to get the info out there before they become active, but it also exposes kids to very sexually explicit material at increasingly young ages.
So what age do you think dating is appropriate, and under what circumstances? Do you allow only group dates, chaperoned dates, or do you let your kids work it out for themselves? How much oversight do you provide, and do you adjust that at certain ages?
And I'm curious how parents deal with the topic of sex. Do you rely on schools to handle that topic, and at what age do you think sex ed is appropriate? Do you give permission (tacit or explicit) for your kids to become sexually active while minors? Do your kids talk to you about such stuff? If you teach your kids to wait, how do you convey that and how successful was/is it?