In all seriousness, though, it might be fair to put dating—or “going out” as many middle schoolers say—near the top of the list.
To answer that question I turned to some "experts" - a middle school student, a high school student, a parent, and an educator.There is no hard rule for when tweens should be allowed to date.Keep in mind that even if you forbid dating, your tween may still spend lots of time with a special someone at school. Rather than a flat no, you might consider a more nuanced answer that includes “yes” to some scenarios (Okay, you can say you’re going out), “maybe” to others (I’ll consider whether you can go to a movie together, but if I say yes, I will be in the theater a few rows away), and “no” to others (You are too young to go to the movies without a chaperone and, by the way, you’re too young to kiss).Stay cool in the hallways, but call him out on it when you’re alone.If his split personality doesn’t stop, you may need to re-evaluate the relationship. Ignoring the rumor will only make your friends think the worst.Is it spending time together at the mall or movies?Or maybe it’s just extra texting and a change in her social-media status. This is also an opportunity for you to talk about your own expectations for what you believe is and is not appropriate in middle school.Let him know that although you don't feel that way about him romantically, you need him in your life. It seems like just yesterday that the final school bell rang and students eagerly raced for the door to begin their much awaited break.If everyone's talking about your major make out session, acknowledge that it happened but was no biggie.When you take the drama out of it, you leave no room for people to say stuff behind your back.