” Begin by asking your tween what it means for her.
Is it spending time together at the mall or movies?
A Confused Mother Dear Mother, First, let me say that we have to be very careful about wishing for popularity for our kids.
The popular kids are not always the happiest kids nor are they always the nicest. Anyone who has ever been excluded knows that this has often been initiated by the popular kids. Nonetheless, kids who begin to date as young teens are more likely to have bad study habits, eventually develop substance use problems and are unfortunately more likely to drop out of school than teens who begin to date at later ages.
Look, it is even complicated for mature adults, right?
The young teen may be ill-equipped to deal with these sorts of intimate relationships and may come to rely on their relationship status as an indicator of their self-esteem.
Basically, middle school relationships are just about as raw and real as any relationship will ever be.
I am not sure why this is the case but I have some ideas.
Dating can be quite confusing and distracting for young teens.
I think that middle school is a good place to practice dating. Well I got to go and finish some hw, you can e-mail me back whenever you need advice about dating or even about school work or even sports. I had a boyfriend when I was 2 and I'm fine in life.
I'm in middle school myself and I think that there is no point. I say wait till high school for a more serious relationship. I'll be mean and say you'll just have your heart broken. I think you should ask this boy out and not stand around waiting for him to pick up the clue.
I'll take you to a dive bar with amazing burgers to see how you react.