As parents, guiding our children through adolescence and maturity can be quite a challenge. Teens or teenagers tend to be very private about their life as they approach this period. However, building a trusting relationship between you and your child while playing an active role in their love life is crucial. The teenage years of a child’s life are significant; during this time bodily features begin to develop, and hormones are also active which is just about that time when parents need to educate their children on sexual activities and romantic relationships. Close guidance is important at this stage as teens can easily find themselves in unprecedented situations with long-term or long-lasting consequences.
For any teen, engaging in a romantic relationship can be an exciting time where they can express their affection and form intimacy with someone they’re interested in. This is also a time when hormones begin to activate fostering feelings of love and affection, self-awareness, and even feelings of belonging. Likewise, romantic relationships teach teens about communication skills, empathy, emotion, identity, and sexual relations and their implications. While these lessons often establish a valuable foundation for long-term relationships throughout life, they can also be important contributors to happiness, resilience, and growth in the teenage years. For some, having a girlfriend or boyfriend can boost their confidence and allow them to be more secure about themselves and their character. Similarly, when romantic relationships are characterized by good communication skills and intimacy it brings a level of content to the teen, but they also need to be aware that achieving life goals are equally important to the promotion of a better quality of life.
Teenagers can learn about trust, support, and healthy forms of companionship in romantic relationships, but parental guidance is always advised to ensure that they continue to grow and achieve their fullest potential, and not be overly preoccupied with a romantic relationship.