Depending on your values and family rules, you and your child might need to discuss behaviour and ground rules, and consequences for breaking the rules.
For example, you might talk about how much time your child spends with his girlfriend or boyfriend versus how much time he spends studying, or whether it’s OK for his girlfriend or boyfriend to stay over.
An identity crush is when your child finds someone she admires and wants to be like.
A romantic crush is the beginning of romantic feelings.
In these years, teenage relationships might last only a few weeks or months.
They come with all the other changes going on during adolescence – physical, social and emotional.
Does he think it’s the only way to go out and have fun?
Or does he want to spend time getting to know someone better?
When you encourage conversations about feelings, friendships and family relationships, it can help your child feel confident to talk about teenage relationships in general.
If your child knows what respectful relationships look like in general, she can relate this directly to romantic relationships.
Early teenage relationships often involve exploring physical intimacy and sexual feelings.