Dating in middle school
Whether you begin dating at 12-years-old or 60-years-old, it's serious. Teen romance may have been dissected a million ways by popular culture, but that dubious analysis pales in comparison to a recent study that followed the arc of teen dating from grades 6 to 12."Dating a classmate may have the same emotional complications of dating a co-worker.When the couple splits, they have to continue to see each other in class and perhaps witness the ex-partner dating someone else.“Parents need to be able to assess in middle school what type of risk taker their adolescent or young eighth grader is,” she says.“If you have a high-risk taker as an eighth grader, you’re going to need to impose certain sanctions, provide alternative opportunities for healthy risk taking, and work with school and other parents to help your adolescent to learn how to assess risk in a healthier way.” Keep up with this story and more But perhaps the most interesting and unnerving aspect to early dating is that it is no longer perceived as something that is relatively private.Looking back now, especially since my siblings are getting to this age, I can't help but scoff at how ridiculous we must have looked.
Nope, middle school boyfriends were a hot commodity, and not for the likes of my awkward ass.
Now this isn't true for everyone, some people aren't interested in dating until high school or may never be interested, but for me, I noticed that myself and a lot of my friends at the time were focused on dating.
This was simply a pre-cursor to high school relationships.
And early-onset dating is an important clue as to whether your child might be a high-risk taker, particularly if it is accompanied by poor grade performance.
But unlike substance abuse and depression—the two other horsemen of a teenage apocalypse—dating and grades are easier to spot and easier for parents to talk to their kids about.