I am going into junior high in the fall and I wanted to start dating boys. I am going into junior high in the fall and I wanted to start dating boys.
And I know that boys mess up your mind and most of them are pigs and want to go way too far. And I know that boys mess up your mind and most of them are pigs and want to go way too far. They are from Africa and luckily I was born here and they are way too strict.
If you were anything like me, your massive, octagonal-shaped purple Walmart glasses (no exaggeration), frizzy hair and garish braces didn't exactly bring around any pint-sized gentlemen callers.
Nope, middle school boyfriends were a hot commodity, and not for the likes of my awkward ass.
“Some kids never or hardly ever dated; some kids did not date during middle school and started dating during high school.
Others dated all the time—or at least that’s what they reported.
I’m 26, single, and pretty cool with my kids, if I may say so. It still comes as a shock to me when my youth consider me to be in a different “generation” than them.
I now regret the words I spoke to my 23 year old high school Biology teacher when he referred to Phil Collins and asked if we knew who he was.
Before you allow or celebrate your middle-schooler’s boyfriend or girlfriend, consider these pros and cons of middle school romance.
Teen romance may have been dissected a million ways by popular culture, but that dubious analysis pales in comparison to a recent study that followed the arc of teen dating from grades 6 to 12.
“We see four trajectories,” says Pamela Orpinas, a professor of behavioral research at the University of Georgia and the lead author of the study, which included 600 students.
But unlike substance abuse and depression—the two other horsemen of a teenage apocalypse—dating and grades are easier to spot and easier for parents to talk to their kids about.
“Parents need to be able to assess in middle school what type of risk taker their adolescent or young eighth grader is,” she says.