Every parent must make decisions about dating and if your fifth grade daughter tells you she has a boyfriend, you’ll have to make some decisions sooner rather than later. Unfortunately for our kids, there is a lot of pressure, even as early as the fourth grade for boys and girls to pair up. So if this happens to your child, here are a few recommendations.
First, I am not a big fan of dating before the latter years of high school and even then, rarely does anything positive come from teen romance. Usually (especially for boys) dating results in heartache. So, right from the get go, encourage your daughter to forge healthy friendships with boys. Let her know that the best way to get to know the real-deal is through friendship, not dating. I have seen resurgence in group dating for teens opting for healthy friendships over romance.
Second, make household rules about dating and make them stick for every child in your home. This way, no child feels singled out and when rules apply to everyone in the family, they are more palatable.