Rules of dating an 18 year old
Johnny may still ask Suzy to be his date, but only after the “group” has decided who will go with whom.
Kids today don’t plunge into dating without first going through the “talking to each other” phase.
This is a prime opportunity to find out what they find appropriate and desirable in a romantic partner, says Crystal Reardon, director of counseling for Wake County Public School System. You have to respect your children’s feelings but also want to help keep them safe.” What to watch for: Girls usually don’t want to bring someone they’re just talking to home to their parents, say both Megan and Jennifer, so be prepared for some flak if you insist.
“You never want the guy to think you’re going, ‘Oh, we’re dating, so I want you to meet them,’” Megan says.
It’s not unusual for sixth-graders to say, “I have a boyfriend/girlfriend.” Often these relationships develop through texting.
These first relationships usually don’t go beyond chatting, posing for pictures later posted on social media and requests to attend coed group outings.