What's the difference anyway?
I recently did a post on Teens and Dating - When is it ok? If you read that post you will know that we do not think young teens are emotionally, physically, spiritually or mentally mature enough to go out on dates.
When my son figured out (for the moment because I am sure he will ask us more in the future) but when he figured out that we were not giving in to him "hanging out" or going on a date to the movies with his "girl friend" he began asking about group dating. Group dating because his dad and I have told him when he is a little older that we would be ok with him going on a "group date". I explained to him that we did not mean he could group date right now - again he is only 14 - but that in the future before he is allowed to really date we would consider "group dating" with some close friends. He continued on in his asking and I began to see what it was that he thought, assumed, hoped group dating was.
To my son and probably many other young teens out there to go on a group date meant him, his girlfriend and another couple they were friends with. Huh? No, No, NO, NO! That is a DOUBLE DATE I told him. A double date is when a group of 4 friends who happen to be 2 sets of couples go out on a date.
A Group Date is when a group of friends, emotionally unattached to each other except in friendship go somewhere together and spend time as friends having fun. A group of friends that love each other as if they were brothers and sisters.
Moms, help me out here - Do you see a difference in a double date and a group date? Do you allow your children to Group Date? If so, what age did you start allowing this?