So if we’re going purely off statistics, that means she’s more likely to develop faster and to start having sex earlier.
I’d heard some of the things that the kids were discussing in school, and there was no way I was going to allow her understanding of her body, its functions and her mind to be shaped by the exchange of knowledge between kids her age. According to the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5.6 percent of students nationwide at the time had sexual intercourse for the first time before age 13.
This instance was higher among boys (8.3 My daughter is African-American.
Syreeta: That’s very true: There’s a lot that comes with dating and relationships that even adults have yet to grasp. Arionna: You have to find somebody who really cares about you and who would do anything for you and not somebody who would just be there because they like your body.
Then when they get what they want, they’re like, 'OK I’m done with that.' You want to find somebody who's committed to a relationship and wants to stay and take care of you and maybe [have] children.
If you have yet to, I encourage you to take this as a sign to check in with the youth and young adults in your life. And then it’s like [there are] these other people who kind of just date each other because they just want to date and to not feel left out of groups. What’s your understanding of what it means to date someone?