So if this happens to your child, here are a few recommendations.First, I am not a big fan of dating before the latter years of high school and even then, rarely does anything positive come from teen romance.
Finally, when kids are in elementary school and junior high, have frequent discussions about what's going on in your child's class. Then, if your daughter says that she has a boyfriend and wants to date- ask specifically what she means.
Does she mean that she wants to sit next to him in class, or go to movies alone?
If she tells you the latter, let her know that, while others in her class can date, that's not what the kids in your family do. There's no love, it's just friendship and everyone wants "love". Let's review the boyfriend-girlfriend situation again since many have responded to my blog about 11 year olds and romance.
Tell her she has the rest of her life to date if she wants, but for right now, she needs to concentrate on getting to know boys as friends, on her athletics, her friendships with girls and her school work. Some other kids in my class have boyfriends, (some since 2nd grade! Of course most 11 year olds don't relate romantically the same way older teens do. First, encouraging friendship is always better since kids relate more honestly when friendship, rather than romance is the focus.
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