How to Handle Kissing Games in Middle School

Learn how to handle kissing games when you don't feel ready to kiss from expert Alexis in this Howcast video.

If you’re at a party or a friend’s house, and someone decides, hey, let’s play Spin the Bottle or Seven Minutes in Heaven or some other kissing game that makes you really uncomfortable, that can be a really awkward situation.

Here’s how to get through it.

Start by suggesting you do another activity. Maybe everyone just wants to play a kissing game because there’s nothing else to do. Think of something else fun that doesn’t involve kissing anybody you don’t want to and maybe they’ll go for it.

If that doesn’t work, try pretending it’s lame or that you’re honestly just too cool for that. Like, who would want to play a kissing game, that’s so lame and uncool. Or just be like, I don’t want to kiss any of these boys or any of these girls, like, come on. Maybe that’ll work.

Honestly, if you speak up, it could be that there are several other kids there that also don’t want to play, but they haven’t spoken up because they don’t want to be the only one. So if you say something, it’s very likely that other kids will speak up, too.

If you really can’t get out of it, see if you can just do a kiss on the cheek. It’s not that big a deal and that way you’re not kissing someone you totally don’t want to kiss.

If even that makes you uncomfortable, totally understandable, just say skip me. Or just say, oh, I’m gonna sit out. That’s fine.

If they’re really your friends, they’re not going to make you do something that you’re not comfortable doing.