Teen dating and emotions
Dating isn’t just about building social skills or finding a romantic partner; it’s an opportunity to learn about your personal values, needs, and desires.
In addition, spending time with others is a way to identify what you like and don’t like in other people—and in yourself. The CDC reports that in 2015, 30 percent of teenagers who were surveyed reported that they had had intercourse during the previous three months.
The important thing is that these beliefs are communicated clearly and that the opportunity to talk is always left open.
Sources: The Guttmacher Institute, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Henry J.
Many adolescents feel that the changes they’re experiencing due to teenage hormones are weird, freakish, or unnatural.
As children enter their teenage years, it’s important for them to have a support system they can rely on.
Parents, siblings, counselors, teachers, and good friends can provide strength and advice as teens navigate this challenging, exciting time in their lives.
Teens should never rush into intimacy because they’re afraid of being the only virgin in their class; there are probably a lot more abstinent teens in their peer group than they think.
Teens who feel comfortable talking openly to a parent or another adult about sex may be less likely to go through an unplanned pregnancy or contract an STD.
Learning about sexuality is a vital part of growing up.