Dating in sixth grade is not much different from dating as an adult -- you need to be yourself, be confident and be considerate of your dates' needs and preferences. Because you're still a long way from adulthood, however, following a few dating tips for sixth-graders can help you gain dating experience and a sense of ease with the opposite sex.
It's easy to feel that you need to look, act or speak a certain way, especially in middle school. But being yourself is crucial to your happiness and to finding a date who is right for you. If you like something unusual, such as cross-stitching, don't hide it from your date. If you don't think something your date says is funny, don't laugh at it. Be polite and considerate, but don't do anything that isn't "you." That way, you don't have to deal with the stress of pretending to be someone you aren't.
Sixth grade is a time when many young people start to experience the temptation of alcohol, drugs and premarital sex while out on dates. Using alcohol and drugs is illegal and dangerous and can have terrible, life-changing consequences. Don't let your date pressure you to do something for which you are not ready. Get comfortable saying "no" in an authoritative voice. Don't worry that your date will spread rumors about you at school or that you'll feel like a prude. Enforcing your boundaries will make you feel good about yourself and keep you out of trouble.
Keep It in Perspective
Dating in sixth grade can be fun, but it should be only a small part of your life. Don't get sidetracked or preoccupied with a budding relationship so that you neglect school and friends. Don't panic if no one asks you out. Keep your priorities straight and don't change them for any date. Remember that you have many years of dating ahead of you and sixth grade is not the last opportunity you'll have to experience a relationship.
Respect Your Parents
Your parents will probably want to supervise most of your dating experiences while you're in middle school. Don't resent them -- they are trying to protect and teach you how to date responsibly. If they let you date unsupervised, do not break curfew or participate in activities (no matter what everyone else is doing) that they have forbidden. Don't bring a date back to your house or sneak out after your parents are asleep. The more your parents trust you and your judgment, the more freedom you will have in later grades.
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