Do you remember “going out” or “going steady”. There were a lot of different terms for what we called “puppy love” or having a crush on someone back at age eleven or so. Now that my kids are in the midst of this age I realize how much this has changed. Kids this age are actually “dating”. They are holding hands, kissing, alienating themselves at lunch, and going on actual dates. Now hold on a minute, when we were “going out” back in 5th or 6th grade it was really just a term for “I like him and he likes me”. Never at eleven did we actually touch or really do much talking at all! He was a “boyfriend”, if you want to call it that.
There used to be a difference between “going out” and “dating”. Dating was when you were older and you actually went on “dates”. But, kids are doing this now at age eleven. My son has a friend whose mother dropped him and his “girlfriend” off at the movies for a date (at age eleven). My son, at age eleven, never even went to the movies alone with friends let alone with a girlfriend. These kids are buying their girlfriends gifts for holidays and birthdays and actually hanging out at each other’s houses alone without other friends. Isn’t that just a little too serious for the age of eleven?
Am I just over thinking all of this because I don’t want to see my kids grow up too fast, or IS this too young for dating?