If a little tween love can keep my 11-year-old godson from B.O. and tardiness, then I am all for it!
Ashlee Holland: Today, right here on momlogic.com, I read a great post about 11-year-olds dating. I could not believe the statistics! Although my son is only 8 and completely oblivious to girls, my godson is 11 and going full-speed-ahead with his "relationship." As the post states, he does not fully comprehend what a "healthy relationship" is, but he IS learning. One thing he does understand is EXACTLY how to impress a girl and keep her interested.
I am not really a fan of him having a girlfriend at 11, but I am a fan of him WANTING to shower on a regular basis, and use deodorant. He is the type of young man you once had to tackle to put lotion on. Not anymore!
This "girlfriend" is actually having a very positive effect on him. Yesterday he asked me if he could head to school a little early. "How early?" I asked. He wanted to leave at 7:50 in order to get to school by 8:00. WHAT?! He is usually still getting the crust out of his eyes by then -- and I am lucky if he brushes his teeth at all!
I know my godson too well: He was up to something. He had woken up before everyone, showered, fixed himself breakfast and was ready to go. Having other kids around, I quickly found out he was meeting a GIRL! This was their time to hang out. I can't blame the kid for sacrificing sleep or early-morning Xbox to make time for his girlfriend! MEN, take note!
Can parents really be bothered if a little "relationship" starts to bring out the best in their kids? How can I possibly get upset about this puppy love if it is keeping him from smelling like a wet dog?
The things we often preach to our kids -- when it comes to hygiene -- never seem to sink in. Parents, have faith! With one little smile and a love note from a girl, my godson has taken every piece of advice given by his parents (and myself), and quickly put it into action!
Come to think of it, a little love at this age never hurt anybody too bad, right? At least he FINALLY gets the idea that appearance and SMELL are just as important as his humor and charm! Some men have never learned this lesson!Happy giggles and goosebumps!
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