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Dear Dish-It: Am I Too Young To Date?

Dear Dish-It,

Am I too young to date?

Steph

Dear Steph,

The answer depends a lot on what you mean by "dating." While crushes start as early as elementary school, in middle school kids start talking about "going out" or "going together" or “dating.” Usually, what they mean is that two people let it be known that they like each other. They might write notes to each other or talk on the phone or text message each other.

It's possible this couple could see each other at an event, such as a dance, a party, or a basketball game. But most kids won't "go out" on a date, just the two of them, and if they do it's likely their parents will want to come along. The bottom line is most parents think kids should wait until they are older to start dating.

If someone asks you to "go out" or “date” them you might feel happy that someone likes you, but also a little strange. You might wonder what it will mean if you say yes. And what if you want to stop "going out" with this person? These couples usually don't last long and that's perfectly OK. The best advice is to go slowly because it's easy for kids to get their feelings hurt.

It's a good idea to talk with your mom or dad, too. They might not want you to "go out" or “date” with anyone yet, even if you're not really going out anywhere. Or, if they're OK with it, they might have certain rules they want you to follow, like about when and if you can get phone calls from this person. Some kids make the mistake of calling the person they like a zillion times a day. Oh no, don't be a constant caller!

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Here’s Dish-It's advice for all those out there wondering about age, parents and dating.
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What's Your Dating Strategy?

  • I'll date anyone who asks me.
  • I ask everyone out, so I've got my pick of who I date.
  • I'm very picky and will only say yes to people I really like.
  • I just don't date.

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rainbowpoptart
rainbowpoptart posted in Friends:
I think having 1 to 3 good/best friends plus multiple "normal friends" is pretty healthy. That way, you have a select amount of people you can confide in about problems if your parents are momentarily unavailable or if you're uncomfortable speaking with your parents about the problem, as well as some people you can have conversation with every now and then. Having friends is great, but I personally think that bonding with too many or not enough people isn't exactly... good. To choose, though, I would rather have a few close friends than many non. :P
reply about 3 hours
Error44
Error44 posted in Friends:
I have no sister,,ohh but I have 2 Brothers
reply about 9 hours
Error44
Error44 posted in Friends:
"thrt105" wrote:I have ALOT of friends. I used to have one BFF but she ditched me. After that, I couldn't trust people. I started making more friends so someone would be there for me and I would be there for them. Now, I don't have a BFF. Just a ton of close friends, which I like. But I don't know if I made the right choice of doubting everyone or not.Thank you my friend, maybe fear of being ignored causes this reaction from us but as we know having friends is always good and no one can deny it.I am sure you will find who you are looking for, give yourself some time.It will be fine.
reply about 9 hours
Pink_Cool_Girl
Pink_Cool_Girl posted in Style:
Ahh, ok
reply about 16 hours
rainbowpoptart
rainbowpoptart posted in Style:
ice ice baby and if that doesn't work then you should probably see a doctor
reply 1 day