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What should you do when your child has a crush on someone?

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Admittedly your children will grow up at some point, but what would you do if your ten-year-old child go home and tell you he has a crush on someone?

Do you think it is too early to start dating? And what advice will you give him?

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Admiring someone is part of the life cycle. Learning how to deal with it is a valuable lesson. Being part of the conversation is always key, because you know that your child will come to talk to you in later years.
Let them open up to you, and teach them the lessons about going with the flow.
I hate to appear controlling, but sometimes children just don't know what is really good for them. If you let your child to deal with this on their own, chances are they might get hurt, or it will affect their grades. Anyway, I believe parents should maintain a good relationship with their children, and where possible, give them necessary advices along the way. Be a friend as well as a parent, and I'm sure that the child will open up to you instead of getting rebellious.
I don't know if you can really do anything. Just keep an eye on them (emotionally - I think at 10 not a lot will happen). Alas it's something everyone needs to work out for themselves....
Dating at 10!
It in my opinion should not even be a consideration.

As far as a crush, that happens.....best is to keep it as friends.

Children are not being children for long enough.
They see boy-girl on t.v...and think it is something for maybe even them.

It is best to allow your child to remain as far from that until at least another 6-7-8 years.Even then, it should be watched, carefully.

Do children even know what crushes are? I would just smile at my children if they came home and told me that they have a crush on their teacher. I would try to give it a different name and let my children know that admiring a teacher does not equate to love/crush/infatuation.
My daughter tells me she loves a boy at kindy and wants to marry him one day. It's so innocent at this age that I'm not remotely concerned. I haven't even thought about when my kids would start dating yet. It seems a long way off though no doubt it will come quickly. I would hope that isn't an issue until they're teenagers. If my ten year old had a crush I suppose I'd encourage them to tell me about it and listen patiently. Beyond that I don't know.
Nothing, as it is a nantural phenomena
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