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Circle of Moms member Lynn W., whose sixth grade son is among the youngest in his class, worries that some of his friends already have girlfriends.

In your son’s situation, you must first consider what is age-appropriate for a 17-year-old versus a 13-year-old.Relationships most likely are not thought of the same at these ages.You will have to assume that either the 13-year-old is stretching herself to meet your son’s expectations of what a relationship is, or that your son is reverting to an earlier maturity level to maintain equal ​footing with his 13-year-old girlfriend.Both of these options present problems, and thus are not ideal for either child.Talk to your son about what types of things are appropriate for a 17-year-old to do in a healthy relationship and why that would conflict with someone who is younger than him.Do not limit your conversation to what he should not do. Relationships are an integral part of life; he will probably have many of them over the years.Each one presents an opportunity to learn what it means to be in a healthy relationship with another person.You can help further his understanding of what makes a relationship successful and what he needs to do to be part of one.Guiding him to figure this out rather than just telling him will empower him so that he can make the decision that dating a 13-year-old is probably not a good idea.My 14-year-old daughter has a boyfriend and she wants to spend time alone with him.Every chance they get their faces are stuck together, and the other day I noticed a hicky under her collarbone.

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