The first big love

Martine Bernier

Health journalist, editor-in-chief

August 19, 2021

Your offspring has just started kindergarten and already he tells you that he is “in love”.

This phenomenon is quite normal: when a child is going through a phase of great change, such as starting school or kindergarten, he or she falls in love more easily. His new flame becomes a reassuring constant, a companion who helps him with the transition into the new, strange world.

This phenomenon is quite normal: when a child goes through a phase of great change, such as starting school or kindergarten, he or she falls in love more easily. His new flame becomes a reassuring constant, a companion who helps him make the transition into the new, strange world.

If he is obsessed with his “girlfriend” and forgets all other friendships, doesn’t want to go to school because he had a fight with the lady of his heart or because she is not there, you should respect these feelings. Even if they are different from those of adults and the child does not have the same means as you to deal with them, he is going through an intense time. Do not separate him from his girlfriend, but encourage him to engage in an extracurricular activity without his little fiancée. Bring other friends into his life to open up his emotional world. That way, he will have someone to lean on when the inevitable breakup comes one day.

Children can feel deep emotions, but not all want to talk about it. Some are ashamed and don’t want to share their secrets with their parents. Others are simply not in love and are embarrassed to be asked about it. Don’t ask your child if he or she is in love yet. He or she might feel obligated or abnormal if he or she does not yet develop such feelings.

If your child is already a little heartbreaker who keeps changing girlfriends, don’t take it too seriously, because that doesn’t mean he will be unfaithful or flighty as an adult.

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