If you are a parent to a blossoming teen, consider discussing these crucial aspects of relationships with your child before he or she enters into a relationship: Be sure to teach your teen about the foundations of a healthy relationship.
Explain that a healthy relationship comes from respect, mutual understanding, trust, honesty, communication, and support.
Make sure he or she understands that infatuation is not the same as love.
Infatuation may give us butterflies, goose bumps, and that “can’t eat, can’t sleep” type of feeling, but it isn’t the same as love.
A CDC Report found among victims of contact sexual violence, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, nearly 23% of females and 14% of males first experienced some form of violence by that partner before age 18. Unhealthy, abusive, or violent relationships can have short- and long-term negative effects on a developing teen.
Youth who experience dating violence are more likely to: Additionally, youth who are victims of dating violence in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college.
A healthy relationship also allows both partners to maintain outside interests and friendships, and does not hinder the personal freedom of either partner.
There are many different types of abuse your teen should be aware of before entering into a relationship.
Take a moment to explain to your teen that attraction and desire are physiological responses that can occur separately from emotions.Teens receive messages about how to behave in relationships from peers, adults, and the media.All too often these examples suggest that violence in a relationship is normal, but violence is never acceptable. The risk of having unhealthy relationships increases for teens who: Communicating with your partner, managing uncomfortable emotions like anger and jealousy, and treating others with respect are a few ways to keep relationships healthy and nonviolent.A relationship should consist of healthy boundaries that are established and respected by both partners equally.A good partner will accept you as you are, support your personal choices, and praise you for your achievements.Communication is often one of the trickiest minefields to navigate.