If dating in middle school terrifies you, take stock of your concerns. Another article we thought you'd appreciate: Instead, choose the top one or two to discuss calmly and without criticism. Whenever your child wants something, they are more open to listening to you.
They vacillate between the pull of both worlds, sometimes wanting to stay home and play with their toys and other times eager to announce a coveted relationship status on their Instagram bios. What does it even mean to be "dating? Define it with your child. Be brave enough to have hard conversations about physical and emotional intimacy and reputation and anything else that concerns you. And remember to have this conversation in a way that respects their need to feel grown up with your need to protect them.
Dana Hall McCain My daughter often gives me an update on the social goings-on in her class. Everyone in this story is eleven. It leaves me speechless, to be honest. The middle school years are a time of major transition for kids as nature forces them along the path toward adulthood.