Also, there is a lot of peer pressure regarding dating.Social media culture doesn’t help either,” says Dr Vipul Rastogi, consultant — neuropsychiatry, Medanta, Gurgaon.
Love, like every other emotion, cannot be bottled up or ignored.
So, the best thing a parent can do is to talk to their kids about it.
On the flip side, it also has a potential of scarring somebody for a long time.
A bad experience can damage self-esteem and confidence.
The simplest explanation I have ever received was from my little one is: “Dating is going out with a boy to a cafe for a cup of coffee.” So, what’s the right age for dating? “Maturity does come with age, but it is not necessary.
I think the most important factor is having a sense of your self as an individual and being able to say ‘no’.
But it is also true that it is like a fruit that has to be savoured at the right time.
We live in a time when everything is happening a little too fast.
Broad definitions“Dating is best described with the idiom ‘testing the water’.
You may be attracted to one aspect of somebody’s personality and it is a way of knowing them better,” says Dr Vipul.
As parents, should we discourage, not pay much heed to it or reflect on our relationship with the child?