Once you -- and your parents -- feel ready and you've found someone you like and who likes you, you can start going out.But when you begin any new relationship, take it slow. " Are you ready to handle the pressures of hanging out -- and possibly hooking up -- with someone? You have met the most amazing person, and you totally NEED to go out with him/her. Do your parents even allow you to go out and "date?not because you're the only person in your group who doesn't have a special someone," Gowen says. Also get your friends' input about whether the person is worth your time.One very important question you need to ask yourself is whether this person is safe for you to date.Before you ask out the object of your affection, or say, "yes" to someone who's interested in you, go through this checklist of questions to make sure you're ready to handle whatever might happen in your new relationship.
Don't start off with a confrontational attitude -- "Why won't you let me date? Remind them about the chores you've done around the house and how well you've been keeping up with your schoolwork.
This is the all-important question, because if your parents say "no," you're not going to get very far.
It could be because they're very conservative, or because they remember how they acted during their own teen years.
Girls who've set their sights on older guys, beware.
Dating a guy who's in high school when you're still in middle school, or who's a senior when you're still a freshman might seem cool, but it could get you into a lot of trouble.