A good age for teenagers to start dating is 16, says Dr. Eagar of HealthyChildren.org. A parent can add or subtract a year depending on the teen's maturity level.
It is recommended that parents speak with kids about the biological and emotional aspects of love and sexuality. Many adolescents are fascinated by love and are curious about their parents' love lives. Be honest with the teen and open to having thoughtful discussions. It is also recommended that parents do not minimize or ridicule a teen's first love. Additionally, parents are advised to take a broken heart seriously and be patient during the healing process.