These may be more than a middle school student can handle.If your middle school student shows no interest in dating, count yourself lucky and don’t make the mistake of thinking he or she is “behind.” It makes no sense to push dating in middle school or even in high school. If your middle school child is already dating, how can you dial things back? Don’t call it “dating.” Call it “hanging out” or something else that emphasizes the casual nature of this friendship.Avoid labeling your child’s significant other as a “girlfriend” or “boyfriend.” This is just a “friend.” 2. Don’t tell your child he and his friend make “a cute couple.” Don’t pose them for pictures together.
Some students never or hardly ever dated from middle school through high school and these students had the best study skills.
Other kids didn’t date much in middle school but dated frequently in high school.
A larger-than-expected proportion of kids – 38% – dated frequently from sixth grade on.
If your middle school child wants to start dating, you might think twice.
A recent study of teens living in northeast Georgia found that early dating interferes with school success and leads to other bad things.
The Healthy Teens Longitudinal Study followed over 600 students for seven years, from the sixth through 12th grades.
It looked at frequency of dating in relationship to high school dropout rates and teacher ratings of study skills.
Throughout the study, students who dated more were rated by teachers as having worse study skills.
The earlier and more frequently a child dated, especially starting in middle school, the more likely he or she was to have used alcohol or drugs.