Helping Teenagers “Love” Better

Helping Teenagers “Love” Better

As February 14 and Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, many teenagers find themselves in an incredibly vulnerable position.

For those in a relationship, Valentine’s Day brings up questions: What present do you get? Where do you go for dinner? Is it time for the relationship to progress physically?

Those who are not in a relationship see Valentine’s as the day where they are painfully aware they are alone with no flowers, date or sappy Instagram post in the near future.

Relationships are difficult and awkward at any age, but especially for teenagers who still haven’t figured themselves out, much less how to navigate a relationship with another searching teenager. Unfortunately, the relationships many of our teenagers are learning from on social media, TV and movies are unhealthy, abusive, manipulative and obsessive.

How can we show our teenagers what real healthy relationships look like?

In a world with competing depictions of love, we have to intentionally talk about and show teenagers what healthy, loving, realistic relationships look like. This by no means implies that you must have the perfect relationship yourself (we are shooting for realistic, remember?), but it does require some transparency.

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WHAT YOU WILL FIND ON THIS BLOG

What is this blog about?

Teen Lifeline exists to provide resources and support for students to help them live life better. In doing this I have learned a lot about a teenagers world. My intention on this blog is to share from that experience and find other resources out there to help you be a better parent. For our audience you may be a parent of a teen or a teenager who is a parent. Either way we want you to get information here that helps you be better at parenting and training your child(ren).

 

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