Dating for 11 year olds
My great-grandparents weren’t thrilled Jenny ran off and got married (misrepresenting her age to do so), but they’d also guided their teen children to be autonomous and become young adults rather than overgrown children. Roughly 13% of marriages in 1950 took place between brides and grooms who were15-19 year-olds.In fact, in Tennessee at that time, it was significantly more likely you would marry for the first time in your mid to late teens than in your 30s. The charges came from women aged 14-22 at the time; Moore was in his 30s.As a 35-year-old with plenty of student loan debt, I’ve experienced the on and off again allure of the benefits of living with a parent versus living on my own.This kind of cultural shift is part of the reason we’re seeing people refuse to take responsibility for their actions these days as well as excusing the actions of others. That said, the problem of older adolescents and even adults acting like children and being treated like children by their parents is not something that is going away. You can read diverse opinions from our Board of Contributors and other writers on the Opinion front page, on Twitter @USATOpinion and in our daily Opinion newsletter.
In some communities, children are taking an interest in pairing off with the opposite sex at a time in life when their parents' generation was preoccupied with baseball practices or ballet lessons.
Adolescence, to the extent it was even acknowledged was a quick bridge between childhood and adulthood.