Nothing at all is to be gained from premature, opposite-sex involvement through dating, or for that matter, through the phone, dances, parties, or games kids love.
Then tell them, “Just three more years, and you can date.” Just kidding -- sort of.
Are they confident and able to take care of themselves? Do they look physically more mature than they are, emotionally?
I not ready to date and i'm kinda glad bc i have this thing i always end up with the good guys but it's like after 3 months i get scared of getting hurt even tho they didn't do anything wrong i'm just scared of a relationship.
Parents may joke that it’s an experience they want their child to have -- just not until somewhere around the age of 30. A 6th grade girl may say, "Jacob is my boyfriend," but what does that mean?
By high school, kids are more likely to develop serious romantic attachments.
Notice what "dating" seems to mean to your child and then talk about it.
For one thing, I had my first crush four years ago thank you very much. The other day I saw him and now I can't get him off my mind.