My son is almost 8 years old, but he already seems to have an attraction toward a girl. He has always been homeschooled and watches very little TV. If he watches anything it is always the most innocent kid show or something educational. My husband and I do not watch television around the kids. It seems very innocent but he says that he thinks about a certain friend (a girl) quite a bit, and he doesn’t understand why he likes her so much. He acts sort of awkward and crazy around her, as if he has a crush on her.
I just wanted some advice on how I should to talk to him about this. I’ve tried talking with him about what kind of behaviors are appropriate with friends, but he told me he has a hard time not thinking about it all the time, and I think this is affecting how he acts around her. How do I tell him not to dwell on these feelings and yet communicate to him that these feelings are not necessarily bad.
I think he is a pretty mature kid, for 8 years old. He is always interested in learning about his faith and has already made his first communion. He said he is worried about what this means for his vocation! I tried to reassure him, but i’m not sure exactly what to say. Sorry this is so long.