Seventeen-year-old boys are indeed at very different developmental stages -- intellectually, socially, emotionally, and sexually -- than 14-year-old girls.
"I think it's about the maturity," she relays, recommending that parents meet the person their son or daughter is dating to decide if both of them have enough maturity to handle the relationship.
"If you meet him and decide he is wonderful, she should be allowed to date him," she says.
If there's one thing that causes parents of teens stress, it's their adolescents' romantic relationships. says what's causing her the most angst is the fact that her 16-year-old daughter wants to date an 18-year-old. Some say maturity and compatibility will take care of all differences.
This is a sticky issue, and one that has many Circle of Moms members split over what's acceptable and what's not.
It is a tricky situation, a hard decision and one that can cause arguments within the family.
When your teenage daughter has an interest in a boy who is older than her, it is easy to become concerned.
Many parents in this situation fear that their 16-year-old will become pregnant or that her heart will be broken by this young man.
These are all valid questions and make the situation difficult to handle.
She may feel like her parents don't care about her happiness or that they simply do not like the boy.
This could cause her to withdraw from the family in many ways and cause even bigger issues.
I knew back then that this made me attractive, and being attractive to grown men made me feel good.