OK — your 13-year-old daughter comes home from school and dreamily announces that she’s in love with the hottest guy in her grade.
What’s even more astounding is that the kid has actually admitted to liking her also.
Initially your child will probably despise you for this — threatening to run away or to continue to see the boyfriend or girlfriend regardless of what you say.
If you’ve been reasonable and still feel that this is a dangerous or very inappropriate relationship, then you should stand your ground and monitor your child’s actions and whereabouts closely.
When my heart was inevitably broken, I cried to my mom at the kitchen table.
He’s so cute and would look great in that red polo shirt, but, you know, he’s really into music also. Somehow you’ve just been placed in the middle of the whole mess! In fact, many of our grandparents were married quite young and began their own families in their latter teenage years.
But nowadays it seems like even little kids are having crushes on both peers and celebrities, and tweens and teens are more actively engaged in the “hunt” for a partner.
PLEASE NOTE: The information in this column should not be construed as providing specific psychological or medical advice, but rather to offer readers information to better understand the lives and health of themselves and their children.
It is not intended to provide an alternative to professional treatment or to replace the services of a physician, psychiatrist or psychotherapist.
Hopefully, your child’s romance is successful and fun.