Dating tips for 6th graders

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For every upside to middle school romance, there’s a pretty harsh downside.

“But if he’s so uncomfortable that he gets angry or shuts down or otherwise just can’t continue the conversation, that’s a big sign that he’s not ready for this.” If so, assure your child that there’s no hurry to start dating.

“One of the best things you can do for your daughter is not to assume she or other girls are, by nature, over-dramatic, mean, or gossipy,” says Lyn Mikel Brown. Avoid ‘girls will be girls’ or ‘girls are so mean to each other’ messages.

Appreciate and support your daughter’s best impulses, praise her when she takes risks, especially if they involve going against the social tide, support her individuality, and downplay concerns about what other people think.

But in a matter of weeks, my former best friend was spreading rumors about me, having her friends pass me notes saying she hated me — someone even wrote something mean in my locker.

I didn’t tell the teachers and I begged my parents not to say anything.

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