Let your child know that it’s fine to go slow, to let himself be a kid as long as he likes, and to concentrate on his schoolwork. Anderson is on the Early Childhood faculty at Walden University and she is a Contributing Editor for Advantage4Parents. Let your child know that dropping out of the dating scene – at any age – is fine with you. If your middle school child wants to start dating, you might think twice.
There's no point."Certainly a small minority of middle schoolers are having sex, and another small group pays no attention to the whole crush thing.
Not every kid is experiencing romance in the same way.
Throughout the study, students who dated more were rated by teachers as having worse study skills.
The earlier and more frequently a child dated, especially starting in middle school, the more likely he or she was to have used alcohol or drugs.
These maladroit transactions are the training wheels of love, explains Bradford Brown, a human development professor at the University of Wisconsin, and one of the few people on earth over the age of 13 who pays serious attention to the childhood crush.