Middle school students who habitually date are twice as likely to use alcohol and drugs and often have worse study habits, prompting researchers to say that ‘dating should not be considered a rite of passage in middle school.’ Ah, young love.
Tweens are practically bursting with feelings of possibility and new-found joy when they discover that "special someone." Then again, when you're fresh out of puberty, love is awkward and can be heartbreaking.
Where relevant, data are disaggregated by age and sex, to provide insights into risk and protective factors.
When I divorced several years ago, I was relatively clueless about what dating with kids would be like.Yet, you may be plagued with questions about when and how to introduce your kids.Before you take that all-important step, consider this advice for dating with children: A lot of single parents ask, "When should I introduce my kids to the person I'm dating?I couldn't quite shake the image of me as a carefree, wrinkle-free 20-something instead of a middle-aged divorcee with "baggage" that had names, ages, thoughts and feelings.Wit, charm and looks were obviously no longer enough to find a special someone; I would need to find a man who would not only be attracted to me, but who'd also accept if not necessarily embrace my boys and all their quirks.
Single mom Kate Gosselin is, evidently, ready to date again. The reality TV star's divorce from her former hubby, Jon, was finalized last year, and after about a year of trying to sort things out and come to some sense of normalcy post-divorce, most of us are ready to get back into the mating game.