While not forbidding her to make daily contact with this boy, be sure that she does not withdraw from all other social contact with others in favor of spending all her time consumed with this boy. I'd also refrain from encouraging their couple-like behavior; for example, by referring to it as "cute". Be aware that your daughter is starting to care a lot about fitting in and being considered cool by her peers. Her fixation on this boy is indeed a normal part of this stage of her childhood development. Make sure to keep that great connection that you have with her. She will need that emotional connection and support as she begins to navigate the waters of preadolescence.
Carleton Kendrick has been in private practice as a family therapist and has worked as a consultant for more than 20 years. He has conducted parenting seminars on topics ranging from how to discipline toddlers to how to stay connected with teenagers. Kendrick has appeared as an expert on national broadcast media such as CBS, Fox Television Network, Cable News Network, CNBC, PBS, and National Public Radio. In addition, he's been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, USA Today, Reader's Digest, BusinessWeek, Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, and many other publications.
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