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Early teenage relationships often involve exploring physical intimacy and sexual feelings. You might not feel ready for this, but you have an important role in guiding and supporting your child through this important developmental stage. * About teenage relationships * When teenage relationships start * First crushes * Early teenage relationships * Talking about teenage relationships with your child * Sex and teenage relationships * Same-sex attraction and early sexual experimentation * Dealing with break-ups in teenage relationships * Extra help with teenage relationships * Teenage relationships for children with special needs
About teenage relationships
Romantic relationships are a major developmental milestone. They come with all the other changes going on during adolescence – physical, social and emotional. And they’re linked to your child’s growing interest in body image and looks, independence and privacy.
Romantic relationships can bring lots of emotional ups and downs for your child – and sometimes for the whole family. The idea that your child might have these kinds of feelings can sometimes be a bit confronting for you. But these feelings are leading your child towards a deeper capacity to care, share and develop intimate relationships.
When teenage relationships start
There isn’t a ‘right age’ to start having relationships – every child is different, and every family will feel differently about this issue. But here are some averages: * From 9-11 years, your child might start to show more independence from the family and more interest in friends. * From 10-14 years, your child might want to spend more time in mixed gender groups, which might eventually end up in a romantic relationship. * From 15-19 years, romantic relationships can become central to social life. Friendships might become deeper and…...