I took my son to a roller skating party last night. Once a month his school has great skate night. Anyway, as we were getting our skates on I overheard a group of 4th and 5th grade girls talking. One girl asked the other if she was going out with so and so. She said yes. One girl commented how she didn't think he was very cute. Just then the guy of topic came up behind the girl who said she was dating him and put his arm around her. The girls all giggled and the two skated of holding hands. One girl got out her cell phone and was texting a friend. My son is friends with one of the girls little sister so I know they were 4th and 5th graders. Well as the night went on I noticed almost every kids 8 years old and up had cell phones and lots of girls 9 and up were talking about boys. Call me old fashioned but an 8 year old with a cell phone is like wth. 10 year old girls dating just blows me away. What cracks me up though is the same girls who said they had boyfriends and cellphones acting all grown up were all sucking on oversized light up binkies. My oldest is 7 years old and Dh and I have already agreed that he will not get a cell phone until he reaches high school and won't be dating until then either. Is 3rd, 4th and 5th to young to date? Would you allow your child of that age to date?
The "going out with" stuff that 5th graders are talking about is rarely actual dating. Even my first "boyfriend" at 13 was hardly dating - we were neighbors who played with our TMNT action figures all the time and went out to the movies once.
My ds is 11 he's in the 5th grade it drives me crazy all his friends have girlfriends and all the girls are boy crazy.
Ds isn't into girls yet thank goodness he's only interested in sports right now.
I find notes from girls in his backpack and it's nuts how these young girls act.
One girl in 4th grade started calling my son "gay boy" because she kept bugging him and he finally had enough and told her no he isn't into her!
Those pacifiers are weird, I thought that whole trend died years ago...
As far as boyfriends/girlfriends, yeah they do that. My son is in 5th and had his first GF this year, his BFF had his last year. But BF/GF isn't what you think. It's holding hands and passing notes, just with a title. That's all.
High school is a real stretch but I wish you the best of luck. Just keep in mind that being that strict may cause your kid to rebel like crazy and do it anyway (and hide it from you).
My son also has a cell phone. But he's very restricted on its usage, etc.