It's a growing dose of panic in your normally very happy, easygoing parental heart.
While your daughter's venture into the dating world may cause you justified anxiety, remember that teen dating brings many benefits.
If you survived without too much damage, your daughter probably will, too. They can be an example of what to do -- or not to do -- for you, now that you're in the parent role. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 9.4 percent of high school students reported being physically abused on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend in the 12 months prior to the survey.
Avoid paranoia, but remember that it's your responsibility as a parent to protect your daughter.
“Mom, if it is okay, I am going to play soccer at the park with Bill.