Your daughter is facing some huge changes in her life: a new school, approaching teenhood and a body that’s changing in ways that may feel scary can make life challenging for her.
She still needs your support and, though it’s trickier to help her, it’s worth all the effort.
Parents may joke that it’s an experience they want their child to have -- just not until somewhere around the age of 30. A 6th grade girl may say, "Jacob is my boyfriend," but what does that mean?
Seriously, though, when is your child ready to date? "At this age, kids use dating labels but aren’t ready to have much direct one-on-one interaction beyond maybe sitting together at lunch or recess," says Dale Atkins, Ph D, a family therapist in New York.
Her self-management has improved though you might need to talk to her about issues such as hygiene, homework and risk-taking behavior.
A bubbly girl insists that Dave should avoid asking too many questions because 'she will be annoyed' while a cute blonde boy recommends he call the girl and ask: 'Have you been thinking about me?
My little sister Tiffany is a sassy, half-Brazilian, pint-sized version of Sofia Vergara.
She has better clothes than I do, is funnier than I am, and apparently knows more about dating than I do.
By now, you and your child are old hands at the playdate game. By keeping some guidelines in mind, you can help ensure that bruised feelings, dangerous dares, and playdate putdowns don't mar your grade-schooler's get-togethers. At this age, kids are starting to plan the time they spend together at school — who they'll eat lunch with, for instance, and who they'll meet up with during recess.
Now, though, your child is starting to take such social slights more personally than he did during the preschool years.