Duckie is in 4th grade and she's becoming increasingly upset about several other fourth graders "dating". Her best friend even declared yesterday that she was going to get herself a boyfriend this week. Now, to be clear, this is dating as many of us remember from middle school/junior high: passing notes, giggles, etc. I'm glad it's bothering Duckie; she's thinks it's inappropriate no matter how sweet and innocent (so do I, by the way). We've talked about enjoying one's childhood and I even pointed out that these kids are a good three or more years ahead of where they should be. And I asked her what she thought they'd be doing by the time they made it to middle school. She said she really didn't want to think about that. These girls are boasting about having boyfriends, like it's a status symbol. Duckie has assured me that she won't start dating yet just fit in... I hope I can trust her. I'm not going to survive the teen years.