As your children grow up, it's normal for them to think about having a boyfriend or girlfriend. They've probably been hanging out with friends of both sexes and doing things as a group, but they may be thinking about one-on-one dating. It's time to talk about the different types of relationships and love and to prepare to set rules for dating. Talking about relationships in regular, everyday conversations lets you and your child talk about your family values when it comes to friendship, dating, and love.
Chapter 4: Social Media and Romantic Relationships
Relationship Advice - What Makes a Good Relationship, Healthy Relationships
Young people can take the "relationship checkup quiz," learn about the "love chemicals" they may experience, and find tips on everything from building great relationships to breaking up. In this article by John Santelli and Amy Schalet, the authors review historical and cultural contexts -- particularly adult attitudes toward adolescent sexuality -- to point us toward healthier outcomes. PDF Adolescent Romantic Relationships In this article, Sarah Sorensen discusses the importance of romantic relationships to youth, including the benefits of healthy relationships, the risks romantic relationships may pose, and the need for adults to support young people in developing healthy relationships. Romantic relationships have much to teach adolescents about communication, emotion, empathy, identity, and for some couples sex. While these lessons can often provide a valuable foundation for long-term relationships in adulthood, they are also important contributors to growth, resilience, and happiness in the teen years. In adolescence, having a girlfriend or boyfriend can boost one's confidence. When relationships are characterized by intimacy and good communication, youth are happier with themselves.
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Am I in a Healthy Relationship?
Parents everywhere tend to experience a twinge of angst when their adolescents begin dating. Unplanned pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, dating violence and date rape can be sources of worry. The concerns often overshadow the brighter side of teen dating. Adolescents in healthy dating relationships -- which are characterized as having "open communication, high levels of trust and partners who are relatively close in age" according to Sarah Sorensen of the ACT for Youth Center of Excellence --learn about romance and intimacy in ways that will help forge solid self-concepts, interpersonal skills and partnerships in their adult lives.
While dating at any age can be an emotional minefield, few adults would choose to relive their turbulent teenage years when at the best of times the first jolts of romantic angst typically had seismic results on our psyche. Until age 25, the prefrontal cortext—the area that forms cognitive maturity—is still developing. Typically the patterns of relating with a love interest follow what a young person has witnessed from his or her romantic role models—their parents. The college junior, a veteran of numerous short-term relationships, suffered crippling anxiety and self-doubt whenever she started dating someone new.