Q: My 14-year-old daughter has recently begun to date a young man who is 18.
She told us he was 16, thinking that we would accept him better if we thought he was younger.
At 16, your daughter is probably old enough for dating, but she is too young to know all the dangers and pitfalls that come with dating.
Rules about dating are not trying to prevent her from participating in this normal, healthy social experience -- the rules have a purpose.
However, we have found out how old he really is, and are concerned about her dating someone four years older than she.