Dating relationship at adolescence
And they’re linked to your child’s growing interest in body image and looks, independence and privacy.
Romantic relationships can bring lots of emotional ups and downs for your child – and sometimes for the whole family.
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.
They need to be clear on the healthy and unhealthy components of their relationships.
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However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.
In order to stay in charge, teens need to make conscious choices about relationships, understand what they expect from other people, and have open communication with partners about intimate issues.
As a teenager, you may be dealing with lots of emotional highs and lows. These mood swings are not just hormones – you may be feeling a lot more pressure these days, and you are still developing the skills you need to deal with that pressure.
One minute you might feel great, the next you feel sad and tearful. You may be facing added responsibilities at home, tougher grading policies in school, and your friends may be changing.
The idea that your child might have these kinds of feelings can sometimes be a bit confronting for you.
But these feelings are leading your child towards a deeper capacity to care, share and develop intimate relationships.
Relationships with parents, friends, and significant others (like a boyfriend or girlfriend) can be rewarding and also frustrating.