Of course, things are way more complex than how I'm portraying it, and it depends a lot on the maturity and personality of the individual child.
Also, when they say a couple is dating, they usually don't mean having sex.
So it's important to understand what dating means within a given context.
Perhaps the early daters neglect friendships and lack a necessary support group of friends to see them through all of the years of middle school and high school.
We all have had and continue to have friends who drop us when they are in a dating relationship.
If we were still hunter-gatherers, these young people would, again, not be regarded as kids.
As for dating in middle school, it can range to many things.
I'm relieved that our daughter finds their Facebook pages boring. So I'd be just as concerned about Facebook drama among the girls as I would about dating, especially when it isn't necessarily dating.
But parents of middle school daughters often worry more about boys and ignore the toxic drama that the other girls are capable of drumming up.
I am in my second relationship and know very well what could happen to me. I came to this website to get advice if I should continue dating or not.
I am 11 years old and dating a boy at least a month younger than me.
A Confused Mother Dear Mother, First, let me say that we have to be very careful about wishing for popularity for our kids.