Dating in Middle School: Tips for Parents

Practice makes perfect

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Have guided conversations with your kids about dating. Ask them questions like “What do you expect in a relationship?” “How do you want to be treated?” and “How do you plan to treat others in a relationship?” These guided conversations, says Corcoran, are like prethinking: “We need to give them the skills and let them practice before there is a big problem. So kids need to know the words. They need to practice these conversations.”

Do you allow your children to watch TV or play on the computer before doing their homework?