Dating middle school
Preteens are often really focused on their social lives.This includes friendships, and sometimes crushes and first relationships.Stay involved by actively listening when your preteen talks about their social life and by asking open ended questions about their friends. And let your preteen know that they can always talk with you about their friends.You can help your preteen understand these important — and sometimes painful — lessons about friendships: Preteens are less likely to start having romantic relationships than teens — but it still happens sometimes.In fact, asking for consent and respecting people’s boundaries is an important skill in everyday life and is best practiced long before anything sexual happens.Understanding the importance of respecting other people’s boundaries helps preteens resist peer pressure and avoid being the peer that pressures.
It’s not too early to talk about boundaries and consent.
In middle school, your preteen is trying to figure out who they are and where they fit in.