Teen Dating: Would You Let Your 17-Year-Old Date an Older Guy?



17 Years Old. Spring chicken?


An anonymous mother asks a serious dating question: How old is too old a guy for a 17-year-old girl?


There are legal considerations of course--for example, in some states it is actually statutory rape for even an 18-year-old to have sex with a 17-year-old. But beyond the law of the land--the law in every household varies. IMO, there are some ages where say, a four year spread is huge, versus other times in life when four years makes little difference. I'm not so sure about where seventeen falls here.

When you talk to teen girls, many times you'll hear about the "immaturity" of guys their age. This may be true--boys tend to mature slower than girls--but does that make it okay for teenage girls to see older guys?

Would you allow your 17-year-old daughter to date an older guy? Why? Or why not? And how old? 18? 19? 20? 21+?!

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