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.
Syreeta: And what do you believe to be the responsibility of each person in the relationship?
Arionna: I think, and I told my grandma this, she’s really awesome because she can make it on her own, like having all this stuff in her life without having a man to support her.
Arionna: Their responsibility is to take care of each other, to always pitch in and help out and always do the best that they can to make [each other] feel better.
Say nice things to them, like, 'Y Syreeta: So since you’ve had thoughts of dating, is it important to you to have a boyfriend?
We all know there’s no handbook on parenting or caregiving.
We all know kids sometimes do things that they have no business doing; as a former teen mom, I can strongly attest to this.
I don’t know if you knew, but it goes down in fifth grade, from the DMs to school hallways.
While I have memories of my now 27-year-old self being 10-11 years old, I have learned that the 10-11-year-old kids of today are not the sort that I or any generation preceding mine were. To bring you the best content on our sites and applications, Meredith partners with third party advertisers to serve digital ads, including personalized digital ads.Those advertisers use tracking technologies to collect information about your activity on our sites and applications and across the Internet and your other apps and devices.I remember my elders blaming the early development of the girls' bodies on “the steroids in the chicken.” I didn’t know whether it was true or not, but I knew I loved chicken in any way that it came … It’s since been documented by institutions like Duke University Health System that “African-American and Hispanic girls tend to start puberty slightly earlier than Caucasian girls.” Additionally, studies like the 2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey support a strongly developing theory that the increase in the number of girls who start menstruation at 13 or younger (as opposed to 16-17 at the turn of the 20th century) may be tied to an exposure to environmental toxins found in everyday items like plastic food and beverage containers, vinyl flooring and cars.The discussion about the puberty culprit is one for another day, not the one being had here, right now.In fact, it’s the memories of my generation during our preteen and teen years, my experience as a teen mother and my work with youth and young adults that motivated me to have open talks with my daughter early on. And kids in her grade are dating, and yes, some are engaging in sex now.