So when it comes to dating, how can you prepare yourself to deal with potential questions and issues? This is a statistic that may strike fear in any parent’s heart, so brace yourself. It may not be the kind of “dating” you’re picturing.
The American Academy of Pediatrics notes that on average, girls begin dating as early as 12 and a half years old, and boys a year older. You may be surprised to hear dating labels like “boyfriend,” “girlfriend,” and “together” from the lips of your sixth-grader.
Being a parent means committing to guide your child through many complicated and difficult stages of life.
My mom and I have always had an amazing closeness -- we can share almost anything -- but I'll admit these were two times that we had some serious tension between us.Even if your son is mooning over a certain girl, most 12-year-olds aren’t really ready for the one-on-one interaction of a true relationship.For eighth-graders, dating likely means lots of time spent talking on the phone and hanging out in groups.She suggests parents sit down with their pre-teens to discuss the issue calmly, before it even comes up.This conversation will help you figure out if your child is ready.