Teenage dating bases

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Group dating is also a way for kids to circumvent a parental ban on dating.

Becoming a “couple” Don’t panic, but the experts say “going out” often begins in grade five, with one or two couples in a class.

Parents must acknowledge this reality and address safety issues around the risks of drinking, says Martyn, who’s also the mother of two young-adult daughters.“So from a parenting perspective,” says Connolly, who is also the director of the La Marsh Centre for Research on Violence and Conflict Resolution, “you want to know who your kids are friends with.” Kids like the security of having their friends around.“When you’re going out with someone, it’s much easier to be yourself when your friends are there too,” says Katie, 15, of Carleton Place, Ont.This sequence of "running the bases" is often regarded as a script, or pattern, for young people who are experimenting with sexual relationships.The script may have slightly changed since the 1960s.“If I get bored [on a date], my friends keep things interesting,” Katie says.

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