So let's pretend you have a teenage daughter who is 15. And she liked a guy who is 18, you met him and he's very respectful and he cares a lot about your daughter and he even asks for your permission to date your daughter. Would you give him permission?
Most Helpful Guy
I haven't seen much good come out of banning boyfriends.
Dating isn't sex. We'd talk to our daughter a lot about boundaries in relationships.
And I might outright say to him are you sure you don't want to have a typical 18 year old relationship with someone your age?
Basically the more the relationship can be in the open and us (her mother and I) involved in her life the better.1
Most Helpful Girl
I would tell him that I'm flattered he asked for my permission, but it's not me who has to give him permission, it's her. Either way, I would tell him that it would make me rather uncomfortable for him to date her when she was 15 as where I'm from, that would make her a minor whilst he would be considered an adult. I would tell him that I approve of him already for being so mature about the matter and showing that he cares for her, and I would ask him to just wait one more year until she's 15 when they're both considered consenting adults and no one's doing anything illegal.8