Teenage relationships are a normal and natural part of life. Teenagers all over the world learn to adapt to new relationships, whether they be romantic or friendships, because they bring with them a whole range of wonderful and difficult feelings that they have not experienced before.
One of the major differences in teenage relationships is that they are just beginning to explore physical intimacy and sexual relationships. For teenagers, this experience can bring a whole range of emotions. It can both a happy and sad time, filled with nerves and anxiousness, but with the right person this can be one of the most special moments of your life.
Romantic relationships are a major developmental milestone. They come with all the other changes that occur during adolescence and they can bring both ups and downs for a teenager. The feelings that they experience during this period can help them develop the capacity to share, care and develop intimate relationships in the future.
There are some people that choose to have a relationship with someone because their friends do, or that by having a boyfriend or girlfriend is the only thing that will make them cool and allow them to have fun, or they might just genuinely like or love someone and want to be with them. Whatever it is, parents have the role of talking to their children about relationships, possible ground rules and also the all important topic, sex in relationships.
In teenage relationships, sometimes the word LOVE doesn't get said, but other times it does. LOVE is a strong and powerful word and it has the potential to make or break a relationship. It is a word that is thrown around way too much and the true meaning of the word is sometimes lost. Love is something that is intense and passionate and when you're in love you feel on top of the world. When you are in love it's like nothing you have ever felt before, but it's the most amazing set of emotions anyone could ever feel. But the problem in teenage relationships is that a lot of the time they don't know what love is. They mistake love for lust. This is where people can get hurt! They get so wrapped up in their little world that they forget everything and everyone around them. It's important to still have friends and family around you when you're in a relationship. Don't close yourself off to the rest of the world.
Sex in teenage relationships is common but it doesn't always happen. Many teenage relationships include sex and most teenagers will experiment with sex at some stage, and so it is important that teenagers have a developed understanding of contraceptions, safe sex and STIs. They also need to be aware of peer pressure, and the pressure that can sometimes be placed upon a teenager to engage in unwanted sexual activity and experiences. In these situations it is important that teenagers know that they can say no and they shouldn't be pressured into doing anything they are not comfortable doing.
One of the most difficult things about teenage relationships is dealing with a broken heart. The harsh reality is that break ups and broke hearts are all part of teenage relationships. During this stage in their lives, it is common for these breakups to be public, either at school, shopping centres, online, via text message or on social networking sites. Break ups bring a whole variety of emotions, and they are sad and heartbroken when a relationship ends. Time and space can help a great deal and have some time to just relax and focus on something else. A distraction is a great idea for those suffering a break up. Spending time with friends and family, eating chocolate, having a girls day, going to the movies, spending money shopping are all good ways of letting loose and trying to be happy after a breakup.