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Some Fifth Graders Are Just Starting To Date Early

By Merri Rosenberg

    April 14, 1996

THE flirtatious glances and giggling whispers that punctuate lunchroom chatter during the Ardsley Middle class could be unremarkable for 7th- and eighth-grade students dating that is practicing.

What exactly is remarkable is the fact that exchanges are occurring between 10- and 11-year-old 5th graders, numerous arranging dates for the Saturday evening film, speaking about plans for boy-girl events or gossiping about that is combining off with whom.

For moms and dads reluctant allowing their children up to now unchaperoned at 14, such precocity that is social the first teen-age set is disconcerting.

For youths who does choose pastimes like games or Roller Blading, the stress to conform with additional socially advanced peers can be daunting. As well as instructors and guidance counselors who take notice of the results of such behavior within the class room, the lunchroom together with halls, the specific situation could be troubling.

“This is basically the very first 12 months where i have seen a bunch therefore active in the dating issue therefore early, ” stated Toni Ullman-Lorenzo, a guidance therapist during the Ardsley center class. “Before, only at that age you’d see more friendship. Now it is pervasive. Read more »