For some people who have grown up around this kind of behavior it can almost seem normal or OK. Many of us learn from watching and imitating the people close to us.
So someone who has lived around violent or disrespectful behavior may not have learned how to treat others with kindness and respect or how to expect the same treatment.
Today, juveniles are beginning to date as early as their “tween” years.
By the time they reach high school, 1 in 3 teens know a friend or peer who has been physically hurt by a partner.
Like bullying, teen dating violence has far-reaching consequences for the health and life outcomes of victims.
Relationships are tricky…if you’re in one, you probably have a million questions (am I happy?
But these feelings are leading your child towards a deeper capacity to care, share and develop intimate relationships.
There isn’t a ‘right age’ to start having relationships – every child is different, and every family will feel differently about this issue.
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.