Chatting with Your Child about Their Classroom Crush

Our Mom's Council discusses talking with their children about dating.

Welcome to Mom's Talk Q&A, a weekly column aimed at making life just a little bit easier for families in the North Shore.

Each week, we will pose a question many parents have likely asked themselves, like, how you get the kids to eat healthy foods or when is it appropriate to allow them to start using social media.

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Now, this week's question:

How do you talk with your kids about their classroom crush? At what age is it appropriate to start dating? When should parents have that first conversation about sex? Should schools be teaching sex education? How much supervision do you think is appropriate?

Adam W. McCoy (Editor) April 22, 2011 at 06:36 PM
My oldest is turning five in a few days, so I haven't had to have any discussion with her about boys. I'm definitely dreading it though.
Ellen Lingel April 22, 2011 at 08:10 PM
My oldest will be 6 in a couple weeks and believe it or not he asked me some of these questions just yesterday! How do babies get out of your belly? How old are kids when they have girlfriends/boyfriends? He is very curious! So it is good to be prepared and have some answers ready. For him, I gave some very general answers. But as kids get old enough to understand, it is important to be truthful. Also, keep in mind that even if your kids aren't asking, they are still curious and they will seek out the information. I'd rather tell them myself then take the risk of them getting the wrong information from someone else (like a friend's big brother). Especially if it hasn't been addresses in school yet.
Jenny Heyden April 22, 2011 at 09:44 PM
I have had the baby question from my seven year old a lot lately, but not the crush thing. I don't ever remember talking about that with my parents.


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