Healthy dating

It’s important to have realistic expectations of our partners.

Examples of unrealistic expectations include: We all want to believe we’ll find the perfect person to spend our lives with, and even though we know deep down they can’t possibly meet all our needs, we may still foster this expectation on some level.

Teaching your child to expect respect and to not put up with anything less, will benefit him or her both in the short-term and in seeking a lifetime partner.

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Dating is a normal and important part of teen development.

For younger teens, dating is more about having fun, hanging out peers and exploring what they like.

There are circumstances, however, that are specific to the courtship period.

Let me cite 17 suggestions that will help you avoid the common pitfalls among those who are trying to win the heart of another.

So while the conversation may feel a bit premature, it is critical to teach your child, at this early age, about healthy dating relationships.

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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.

Respect for both oneself and others is a key characteristic of healthy relationships.

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