Do you think a 16 year old should be allowed to have a boyfriend and go out to places with him?
i am 16 and my parents think i should not have a boyfriend because i need to learn how to cook and clean first. also they think that the only reason why girls have a boyfriend so they can have sex but i am not thinking bout having sex at all. i no how to clean and am still learning how to cook. my grades are fine, am always trying harder in school i think i should be allowed to have a boyfriend but i need you guys opinion.
Every family has their own concept of what dating really means to them. You and your family have different opinions. Start by saying to them what you did here. I want a male friend--not for sex--but to enjoy company. Keep up your end by getting good grades and helping at home. Invite the boy home with your family's permission so they can see/meet him. Finally, talk to an aunt, grandmother or trusted relative who may have some insight as to why you parents feel this way.
this is a process which means each end has to feel comfortable with the outcome. And, yes, 16 y/olds do date.
Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics