Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but through our Girls’ Health program here at YW Boston, conversations about love and healthy relationships happen all year round!
If your teen is experiencing an unhealthy relationship, you can also consider finding a family therapist who can help mediate and help create a plan.
Know that, in the end, the decisions have to come from your teen.
It can be helpful to hear about your own dating experiences and to be approached with supportive and non-accusatory language.
In the event that your child is in an unhealthy relationship, you can remind them that it is not their fault.
For any relationship, it’s great to plan expectations and boundaries ahead.
This way, they don’t have to come up in an argument later on.
Some include: physical, emotional, sexual, financial, and digital abuse as well as stalking.
Your teen may consider physical abuse, but you can push them to dig deeper and challenge them to consider all of the ways that power can work in relationships.
As a parent or caretaker, your instinct is likely to help your child in whatever way you can.
Be sure to let your child know that you are there for them.
When opening the discussion about relationships with your teen, it’s important to not make assumptions!