And that means I can date a woman who is 16." From where did this ridiculous rule come?

You can date someone as young as half your age plus seven years? It's no wonder that so many women feel that men their own age are too immature.

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Im a 17 year old junior, and i asked out a 14 year old freshman girl who i really like.

She continues because the feelings she has are too strong. But I would be careful in how you deliver your feelings. Outline your concerns but let your daughter know you love and support her and that it is only natural for you to be worried.

Recognize the powerful grip the 25 yr old has and that is normal. I would try and create a containment bubble around a situation you have limited control over but in reality you do have a way to contain the situation. Reinforce her education about the risks of getting pregnant and maybe set some soft rules like 'education comes first' Maybe she is in sixth form. It could be that the relationship is successful but if something goes wrong be sure she knows you are there for her if things collapse.

I have just found out that my 17 year old daughter is going out with a local 25 year old. They haven't shared the same live experiences, they'll soon want different things, etc. I'm concerned that she'll get hurt, pregnant or that, even if they are truly in love, she'll end up growing up too quickly and miss out on things girls her age do like university, traveling, and building a career.

I just think that, at their ages, they cannot possibly have anything in common.

@ Fattie, I am not a native speaker, but isn't that contradictory to OP: "he must be thinking about starting a family, marriage, etc and her starting out in life." Well -- I feel that it totally contradicts the earlier "I can only think he's with her for one reason! My relationship with my wife lasted 16 years and produced 3 lovely children. However, as MY children reach their teenage years I of course see everything from the perspective as a parent.

I think the most important thing to do is not push your daughter away with any shouting matches or 'you are doing the wrong thing' this is what my mother did and although she was doing her best in a difficult situation - the shouting and threats simply pushed me away further.

I keep going back and forth between kicking myself for asking someone out who is so young, and not stressing over it and being happy that she said yes...