For instance, Atkins suggests asking your child why they think someone acted the way they did, and whether they made a good or healthy choice. It's your job, as their parent, to figure out if your child is ready to handle the level of dating they have in mind.
FX is going to refer to David Elkind, who is a professor at Tufts University and the author of The Hurried Child.
Elkind believes that people younger than 14 should not date because they do not have the social and interpersonal skills required for dating situations.
"A 12-year-old who looks 16 isn’t ready to date someone who is 16," Anthony says.
You may not love the idea of your child beginning to date, but don't try to pretend it’s not happening.
Dating in 5 grade may not necessarily mean that they are spending time together outside of school – time that is both supervised and unsupervised.