As parents, we need to teach our kids how to disagree when they don’t like what’s happening to them or someone around them.
A kid who learns to voice opposing opinions is less likely to ignore her gut when it tells her something isn’t right.
Kids dating in middle school
These days, kids are coming out younger than ever before. I’m only out to my mom and I don’t know what my dad will think. As these testimonies show there are some benefits to coming out in middle school and some drawbacks.
When I was a teen in the 1990s, some teens came out in high school, but a lot more waited until college to do so. On the plus side, you get to be yourself from an early age and don't have to hide a significant part of your identity.
If you’re the parent of a middle schooler, your reaction may be similar to my initial reaction, “Thank God I don’t have to worry about that.” In my work with middle schoolers and their parents, I’ve found that most kids and adults don’t believe dating violence is an issue for kids this young.
For many, the term dating violence brings to mind Rhianna and Chris Brown, and that seems far from our middle school reality.
In my own house, I work hard to teach my two middle school children to speak up for themselves.
I consider this a big part of becoming a healthy adult.
I’ve seen lots of kids get involved in toxic relationships in middle school.
This doesn’t absolutely lead to being in abusive relationships in high school, but it does open the door for that possibility when kids get used to having their boundaries crossed without speaking up.
” and, not surprisingly, almost every hand goes up.