As a parent, you want to shield your child from pain and danger.
As children grow, they are supposed to gain more autonomy, which of course exposes them to more and bigger dangers. It can be just another step on the road to independence.
The child you nurtured for more than a decade all of a sudden looks like a baby-faced adult.
Then there are the more subtle signs: showers without nagging, more attention to clothing choices, caring if things “match.” Maybe there are whispered conversations with friends and shy behavior around the opposite sex out in public.
"Acceptable" is such a loose term, so it's hard to say what is "acceptable" for any given person.
After all, everyone is a different individual and their situations and maturity will vary greatly.
Besides age, there are relatively few demographic differences when it comes to teens’ experiences with dating and romantic relationships.
Dating and experience with romance are relatively common – but far from universal – among teens ages 13 to 17.
Some 35% of teens have some type of experience in a romantic relationship, a figure that includes current and former daters, as well as those in serious and less-serious relationships.
Where parents and teens tend to disagree is the method of getting to that wedding day.
However parents do need to keep in mind that falling in love is part of God's plan.