Remember, the real path to “happily ever after” begins with greater self-awareness and understanding, and an ability to capitalize on your own strengths while minimizing your weaknesses.
As we grow closer to someone, we become better at guessing what he or she may want, need and think – but we’re still only guessing.
But if you notice that your teenager feels hurt, controlled or treated poorly, they may be in an abusive relationship.
According to the Dribble Institute there are nine signs of a healthy relationship.
Forming healthy relationships can help teens learn important skills such as cooperation, appropriate behavior, compromise, sensitivity and the ability to understand others’ feelings.
The principles of loving toughness are the same for those who are single as for those who have been married for decades.
Share with your child that: Also, let your child know it is his/her right to end the relationship at any point – keeping in mind, that the other person does NOT have the right to harass, threaten or make you feel guilty for it.
Defining healthy relationships before “serious” dating begins is key.
Whether or not your teen or tween appears interested in having a boyfriend or girlfriend, he or she is likely feeling (or is at the brink of feeling) peer pressure to "date." Though it is easy to make light of boyfriend/girlfriend relationships at this young age, it may be a risky notion; as statistics show that one in three teens experience an abusive dating relationship prior to high school graduation.
So while the conversation may feel a bit premature, it is critical to teach your child, at this early age, about healthy dating relationships.