How did I get from there to dropping off my own daughter at the doorstep of romance?And was there a way to make those girl-meets-boy dramas any less heart crushing?Experts say parents can't do much to protect kids from the bumps and bruises of first crushes beyond keeping the lines of communication open and offering comfort.That's no simple task—kids seem to leapfrog from sweet curiosity about the opposite gender to demanding to know when they're allowed to date to holding hands, kissing and more."Biologically, it's what their bodies are telling them to do—they're in the early stages of puberty.And socially, it's when they learn to negotiate relationships." But there's some good news for mom and dad: Tweens still want to talk to their parents.
"It seems silly to parents but is very real to kids." To bridge the gap, Saul suggests listening to your kids' conversations when they're on the phone, or when there's a group of them in the car. "Try saying, 'I heard you and your friends talking about crushes. While it's normal to want to protect your kids, experts suggest slowing down before charging into the condom lecture.However, the source adds that the photogenic pair aren't sure whether the split will last.