When I was 25, I spent a year dating a man 20 years older than me. The Older Man was also my editor, which added a power imbalance to the mix—a dynamic we all know can be equal parts problematic and irresistible. I wonder: What do we gain and lose from dating someone of a different generation? The Older Man was a peculiar person. For one, he wore silk onesie pajamas that he meticulously ironed to have a crease down the center of the pant leg.
When your teen wants to date someone significantly older or younger, dating becomes especially complicated. You and your teen need to be aware of your state's laws and consider the risks inherent in teens dating outside of their age group. Most importantly, you need to be able to come up with enforceable rules and limits that work for your family. There are no laws regulating who can date whom in the United States. As long as the parents of minor children don't object and no sexual contact of any sort occurs, teens can date anyone of any age. The laws regarding sexual conduct vary in several respects. The age of consent -- the age at which a person can legally give consent to a sexual partner -- varies from 14 to
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