Every relationship counts

Throw whatever you think you know about “young love” out the window before you begin this work with middle schoolers. You’ll quickly learn that their definition of a relationship may be very different from yours. Their definition is what matters, not yours. During the middle school years, every relationship, no matter how short or casual, is a learning opportunity. Take any chance you can to guide young people as they develop standards of behavior for their peers and themselves. Whether they call it dating, hanging out, or hooking up—they are exploring and learning about relationships.