Groups can offer a safe, protective way for kids to learn.
But at the same time, parents need to discuss not going too far too fast.
It was totally innocent and sweet, but it got me thinking, “Whoa, my little boy is going to be dating someday! ) FAR FAR away from the dating scene still, I felt inspired to write down some advice for when he’s at an appropriate dating age (10 or 15 years down the road).
At the end of the day, "it's better than saying they shouldn't date at all." "What is healthy is being in a group of boys and girls and transitioning from same-sex-only groups into groups in contact with the other sex," says Connolly.
Last week my 13-year-old son came into my room, laid next to me on my bed and placed his head on my shoulder. I didn’t want him to answer the question, but to just think about it and pay attention to their interactions at school.
This is usually what he does when he wants something, so I was preparing myself for either of these questions: I was preparing myself to say no to whatever request he was about to ask. If he felt that there was something more there, then maybe he should simply ask her to the movies and see what she says.
Sometimes I wish someone actually sat me down as a kid and talked to me about dating and relationships. And the little boys in middle school were perverts and spent their free time trying to touch on girls’ butts.
I don’t ever recall talking to either parent about these subjects, but I did hear “You better not come home knocked up.” So yeah, I knew not to get pregnant, but I didn’t actually know how one “got pregnant,” if that makes any sense. The last boy who attempted to cop a feel in the 8th grade ended up with a black eye.