Love can take you to new highs – and new lows. You may have the strongest feelings of your life, which is great when things are good. But if things go bad, it’s devastating. Here are six teen dating tips to help you keep your head during this exciting time.
Tip 1: Take Your Time
Some teens date, some don’t. Only date if you know yourself and know you want to date. If you’re not ready, it’s cool to stay single and hang out with your close friends.
Tip 2: Find Someone Who Likes You Back
Feelings that aren’t returned can make you question everything about yourself. In a healthy relationship, the feelings are mutual. You respect each other and have fun together. If this doesn’t describe your situation, there’s nothing wrong with you, but you probably do need to keep looking.
Tip 3: Know When to Move On
Sometimes you have to admit it, the relationship isn’t working. Maybe the love of your life has turned mean and selfish. Maybe you realize you want something better.
Tip 4: Talk About Facebook Before You Talk on Facebook
Social media puts the ups and downs of dating out there for everyone to see. If you like a guy or he likes you, it’s perfectly OK to ask him not to post things about you online, including pictures. Some things don’t have to be shared with the whole world.
Tip 5: Protect Yourself From Pressure
Pressure is not love, and it’s not even normal. Most teens say they’ve never felt pressured to be in a relationship before they were ready. Still, a little mental preparation never hurts. Decide ahead of time what your values are and how far you want to go.
Sometimes the idea of love is better than love itself.
How do you know if you’re really in love?
If you’re infatuated, need constant reassurance, and have trouble thinking about anything else, these are signs you’re not really in love. It’s fun for now, but in time you’ll probably feel disappointed.
Mature love grows stronger with time. The more you get to know each other, the stronger your feelings. And you don’t have to be someone you’re not. You like each other for who you truly are.