They call them crushes for a reason. We’ve all been there at least once, some multiple times, but it never gets easier. You have trouble sleeping, eating – you pretty much can’t focus on anything except that person you are crushing on. It can be a wonderful feeling or completely gut wrenching depending on the circumstances. Guess what…kids get crushes too. Do you remember your first crush and how hard it was to go through? How do we as parents help our kids when they start “crushing” on someone? Luckily you’ve been through it and know how it feels so your now one step ahead of the game.
It can be a challenge for parents to know what to do when your child is going through a bad case of puppy love. I mean after all, they are your little babies. You don’t want to see them hurting but at the same time they have to experience it.
Parents shouldn’t laugh it off. It’s a real emotional turmoil you’re going through when you’re experiencing a crush. Also don’t tell their kids they’re too young to be interested in boys or girls. That may make them feel embarrassed which could cause them not be honest with you in the future. Instead, be curious and ask questions: “Why do you like that boy? What about him interests you? Is he the class clown? Does he play sports?” Focus on what they value about their crush. This will help kids see the importance of their own inner qualities. Most of all remember how it feels and keep in mind that it doesn’t feel any less to your child. A crush is a crush no matter what age you are.
Read more about your child’s first crush at todaysparent.com