If you're more than ready to start dating, but your parents seem to think you're still six years old, try winning them over with this approach.
Step 1: Prove how responsible you are Make a list of all the ways you've proven to be responsible, like maintaining good grades, having a part-time job, always meeting your curfew, or never being late without calling.
Step 2: Suggest a group date Ask if you can go on a double or group date with friends of yours that your parents know. That might be less scary to them that picturing you alone with someone.
Step 3: Introduce them to your crush Have your parents meet the person you want to date – unless, of course, that person is going to make them even more nervous!
Step 4: Compromise Work out a compromise. If they're worried about you getting into a car driven by another teen, suggest they drop you off and pick you up.
TIP: Offer to check in every hour, reporting on where you are and what you're doing. It might be annoying but it's better than not going out at all.
Step 5: Suggest an afternoon date If there's no way they'll let you go on a "real" date at night, ask if you can at least go someplace alone with your crush in the afternoon, like to a bowling alley or the movies.
Step 6: Offer a deal Still no dice? Ask what you can do to prove yourself responsible enough to go out on a date. Then do it. Perhaps if you bring your grades up or complete your chores without being asked – or even just start being nice to your younger siblings – your parents will see you as someone who is mature enough to start dating.
FACT: A survey found 48 percent of all first dates end with a kiss.