Print article. Many adults remember having their first boyfriend or girlfriend in sixth, seventh, or eighth grade. Some consider it a normal step for kids entering adolescence — a rite of passage like acne or being embarrassed by your parents — but it may be time to reconsider. Turns out, puppy love may not be quite as harmless as it seems.
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Middle School Dating: How to Turn It Into a Parenting Opportunity
Last year, Lora and I were invited to be part of a panel of parents for a middle school event hosted by our church. The panel consisted of four couples, all of whom had older kids and whom the youth pastor felt had successfully navigated the tricky middle-school years. There were close to parents and the questions covered a wide variety of topics. One topic that ran a shiver down my spine and still does is the topic of middle school dating. Then, a week later, they had broken up. We will talk more about high school dating in coming blogs, but for now, here are a few ideas for how to approach this subject with your kids during the middle school years:. Get the conversation started.
Middle School Dating: How to Turn it Into a Parenting Opportunity
This article was updated April 26, , but was originally published Feb. Read an updated feature story with information on how social media is affecting teen dating here. Perhaps the thought of all those sweet young couples slow dancing under paper streamers coaxes a nostalgic sigh or two. Ah, reality. What to watch for: Smartphones and social media can lay traps for preteens and young teens.
Starting middle school is an exciting new adventure. You'll make new friends and meet a lot of girls. Perhaps you have your eye on someone and you would like to make her your girlfriend.