8th graders dating
But we are a little concerned about the rest of it.Starting with this 13-year-old’s use of the word “hoe” to refer to apparently all other girls. Somebody hook this girl up with Michelle Obama so we can have a good discussion about female empowerment and self respect.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 texting or talking on the phone, sharing images on social media, and hanging out in groups.One Grade eight girl seemed to think that was the best way to lock down her man.Mat Linsky found this girl’s contract for her boyfriend in the hall at a middle school and posted it to Twitter.But it may not be the kind of “dating” you’re picturing.You may be surprised to hear dating labels like “boyfriend,” “girlfriend,” and “together” from the lips of your sixth-grader.
So when it comes to dating, how can you prepare yourself to deal with potential questions and issues? 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.The contract outlines very specifically what this boyfriend can (“buy me food”) and cannot (“hug these hoes”) do.To be quite honest, we’re having some mixed feelings about this contract. Like when she says “you have to give me lots of hugs” and “if we have problems we will resolve them.” That makes sense.Though some of the pencil markings were smudged, we could still read most of the advice, which I must say is quite astute.
I “borrowed” the advice, and quickly covered it in clear tape as to protect it from future smudging.
Some kids may have progressed to hand-holding as well.