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The transition to dating can be emotional not only for her, but also for you.

And it can be even harder if the guy she has her eye on is older.

Here, Circle of Moms members share different opinions on whether a hard line should be drawn on age difference, and if so, where. One of the first factors moms should consider before deciding whether you approve of your child's dating relationship is how mature both the boy and girl are, says Circle of Moms member Louise M.

"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.

You are not allowed to go out with this guy, or any guy.

If you disobey me, you will be punished." (12/09/2006) By 77's Mom At 13 a girl should not be dating.

"If you meet him and decide he is wonderful, she should be allowed to date him," she says.

©/ wundervisuals In one year, you’ve watched the girl who needed constant reminders to wash her face and brush her teeth grow into a young woman who hogs the bathroom and is ready for her first boyfriend.

Because of this, I was drawn to people like my best friend, who was dynamic and bold.

There was safety in the shadows, but also a kind of darkness. " my friend whispered as we walked back to the car with the guys a few steps ahead."It just felt strange," I told her. Just like that, you lose your footing, and you're in over your head. He noticed my sudden distance and pouted, unsettling to see in an adult.

In tenth grade, we made friends with a group of older guys who hung out on the main street of town, which ran parallel to the local university — guys who'd once gone to our same high school and had never left the social scene. I remember how quiet it was, birds soaring overhead, no other sound. "Like we were supposed to be boyfriend and girlfriend, or something.""Well," she said slowly. I'd completely accepted her romance with an older guy as normal, even destined. When he wasn't upset, he was in kindness overdrive, buying me things: a gold necklace with a floating heart, stuffed animals.

This is a sticky issue, and one that has many Circle of Moms members split over what's acceptable and what's not.

Others maintain that even a one-year age gap should be strictly forbidden in the teen-dating arena.