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Middle School Makeover: Improving the Way You and Your Child Experience the Middle School Years by Michelle Icard

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Going Out, Going Nowhere

Understanding the Middle School Dating Scene

I read some texts on my daughter’s phone between her and a boy that obviously mean they’re “going out.” I think sixth grade is way too young to be boyfriend and girlfriend! Am I crazy?

“Boyfriend and girlfriend” are loosely defined terms that scare parents because they can mean so many different things. If I stood two cute sixth graders in front of a room full of parents and told them these kids are “going out,” the parent reactions would range from adoring smiles to cringes to screams of “Noooo!”

The “looseness” of this term means you can imagine it to mean anything, your worst nightmare or your sweetest hope. Rather than defining your child’s social life around a moving ...

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