Nov 13, Messages: Basically we say to them that it is perfectly fine to have feelings and interest in other people. We tell them that these feelings often develop and evolve as they grow older, and that in later years they are more prepared to be in more singular relationships, but for now they really should continue to build a variety of friendships.
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I'd encourage you try to suspend judgment, talk openly with them about what they might be feeling and thinking, and share your thoughts about expectations now and when they get older. Taking the mystery and suspense out of relationships also helps to make dating far less interesting to the kids. Dec 5, Messages: Feb 11, It's nothing new to me. We started with kissing games in grade 2 or 3, and we had "boyfriends and girlfriends" in grade 4 or 5. Generally speaking there wasn't much real action until at least grade 6 and in most cases it wasn't physical at all until high school.
That was back in the s. MistsOfSpring , Feb 11, Sep 19, Messages: Feb 12, I subbed for four days in a third grade class two of the students were "dating" actually dating. The parents had mixed gender sleepovers with the two kids and their friends. When I was in elementary school some kids did start date-dating in middle school, many ended up pregnant by seventh to ninth grade.
Aug 5, Messages: Feb 12, We had all kinds of drama in a 4th grade class b-c one girl took another girl's man. In a fifth grade class a teacher intercepted a note that asked a girl which she liked I was beyond shocked when I saw it. I've never received a note like that and I'm Jun 26, Messages: It is very frustrating.
One day, I was so upset I called both sets of parents and told them that I couldn't teach because of "so and so" flirting with each other! Oh yeah, don't assume all parents know! The parents I called were livid!!!!
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Feb 12, You wanna know how I found out my 10 year old son had a girlfriend? He accidentally left up a facebook picture of her. I didn't even know he had an account. Then a day later he was using my phone texting her and saying how much she loves her, etc. Puppy love would have been cute but his language was not.
"Dating" in 5th/6th grade?
No I was not aware. It still scares me a little bit. Jan 9, Messages: I declined but at the time I also thought you got pregnant from everytime you went all the way, so who knows what I would have said if I had known the truth at the time.
I know by 7th grade many of the girls had 9th and 10th grade "boyfriends" our high school was and all grades shared lunch periods, study halls, and the odd class And this was a clean, wholesome small town school. I can only imagine what it must have been like in the city schools - and by city I mean schools that have more than 80 kids per grade and have to deal with any level of crime. We never even locked our house doors. Toak , Feb 12, Aug 30, Messages: Feb 12, I'm thinking Maryhf may be the only one who remembers what that age was like.
My elementary school was a lot less puritanical than my sons' not that there was much more than talk, but we weren't all that naive. Jul 27, Messages: Mar 27, It absolutely is my business as a teacher if one of my students is seriously dating at 10 or 11 years old. I don't care how emotionally mature you are. It's not appropriate for your age. And as a major adult presence in your life it is absolutely my business to get your parents involved so you are making appropriate decisions.
"Dating" in 5th/6th grade?
Having a mature singular relationship with a person that you are sexually attracted to isn't appropriate for your age. I teach and I have some 7th grade boys who are 'dating' 8th grade girls, but that means that they go out to the trampoline park with a bunch of their friends and they dance together at the dance. I have heard some rumblings with 6th graders 'dating' but again, nothing like you describe.
There's a big difference between the OP's dating and the typical elementary school 'dating'. Last edited by a moderator: MLB , Mar 27, Oct 13, Messages: Mar 27, Wow, my high school must have been prurient! We had one girl get pregnant junior year and she was ostracized by everybody. I remember a cheerleader walking up to her and spitting on her. I don't know anyone who dated before middle-school when I was in school--although we did chase the boys to try to catch them and kiss them in 3rd grade--so I guess that counts.
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