" Predictably, two of the three dads who weighed in responded with "Never!

Recently, the children of two close friends have begun dating. So I threw the question out there to the World Wide Web: "At what age did you or will you allow your children to start dating?

And it made me realize that we, as parents, have a pretty wide range of ideas on what age kids should be allowed to start dating and even on what dating means at various ages.

If the boy won't spend time with us, then he can't be alone with our daughter. Homeschool homies As homeschoolers, my kids are in a different social structure, so I suppose we'd just take it one day/one person at a time.

My son at 11 already has a very close girl friend (not girlfriend) but if that evolved, we'd just see how it went and make sure to be open with him and encourage him to do the same.

When I was around 14 I wanted to go on a date but knew he wouldn't let me.

So we got a bunch of other couples together to go with us (movies) and I told my Dad it couldn't possibly be a date with that many people there and that it was instead a "gathering". I mean really, this girl you are thinking of is obviously your friend so what would making her your girlfriend change? " I told him that until he was mature enough to answer that question, the answer is NO ... He will be 16 in a couple of weeks, and not only was he able to hold that conversation about a year ago, but he is willing to talk now because he knows I'm open & interested.

So, if you haven't already, tell him you'd like to try something new. The cost of lying is the guilt you'll carry and the secrets you'll keep, both of which may push you and your boyfriend further apart.

You don't have to tell him you're "bored" — in fact, don't. I've been sexting and sending risqué Snapchats to my superior at work. And block his phone number too (if you think you can get away with it). Then again, maybe you acted out because, on some level, you want to blow the relationship up?

He told me there was no debating that logic and I got to go. LOL Cyberdating My oldest son is 12 and in 6th grade.

And then never again until I was just about to turn 16 and had my first serious boyfriend. Nothing unchaperoned until they're 15-ish and we'd have to get to know him first. I also don't mind the idea of a group if 13-14 year olds walking the fair together but I also remember the wacky stunts and cover-ups my friends and I pulled when we were that age. I'm discovering that "dating" is sometimes synonymous with texting and that's it. I think when it progresses to actually meeting out at a certain time and the possibility of physical contact - that's when it can be worrisome as a parent.

When someone can't stop thinking about affairs, it's almost never really about "one hookup." You may be with the wrong guy, since plenty of people who love each other aren't meant to love each other forever. But your immediate problem is that you're bored in bed. As for your boyfriend, you've only got two choices, don't you? On that note, here's a second opinion from a few of my guy friends: Lie.