When Do Children Experience Heartbreak?

My son is 4yrs old and has a girlfriend. It seems to be the norm for boys at his nursery. His brother, who is 7yrs old, can barely look at a girl, let alone claim to love her, except for Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter, who is, I'm told "hot"



When I say my 4yr old has a girlfriend, it is actually "had" now.

Young love

He came home from nursery on Wednesday and announced, and these are his own words, that his girlfriend had "moved on"!

He seemed to take the news very well, particularly as she seems to have transferred her affections to his best mate.

So at what age do kids feel the heartbreak of a broken relationship?

Last week, he was talking about love, marriage and how many children they were going to have together (8 boys and 1 girl, all named after Ben 10 Aliens, even the girl).

Now it's all over, and he seems completely unfazed.

Broken hearts in the future...

As a mum, I do dread the moment when their hearts will get broken, so I hope I've got a long way to go yet.

Until that time, I can enjoy the tales of secret kissing in the loos (very romantic) and battles fought with light sabres to win over the prettiest girl in the class.

Amanda Coxen, Working Mum and Tinies Director

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