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Offline haidyl

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Teenage relationships
« on: July 08, 2018, 03:02:35 AM »
Seeing your kids grow is quite an exciting experience and journey. You see them learn to crawl, walk and soon after, they are able to make independent decisions. Teenage years, as most of you will concur, can be quite tumultuous for both parent and child, especially when they begin to date. Did you ever feel a bit disconnected from your child because of a relationship that seemed to completely sweep them off their feet? How did you handle this?

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Offline Henley

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Re: Teenage relationships
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2018, 04:13:52 PM »
Oh, pretty much every single time! Boy/Girlfriends always took the limelight in my kids' lives. It was frustrating. Everything I said seemed to fall on deaf ears. However, if I'm being honest, I was worse than they were when I was a teenager. So I was able to be thankful that I didn't have to deal with a kid like myself. Thankfully, none of them picked awful significant others. I don't think I would have handled that well.

Offline Marie

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Re: Teenage relationships
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2018, 06:17:34 AM »
Yes, girl/boyfriends definitely take center stage when my kids have them, too.  Right now, my daughter is dating someone who is verbally abusive to her.  I am having a very difficult time deciding what to do.  If I express my concerns in a direct way, I'm afraid I'll end up alienating her, but I don't feel I can or should just sit and watch, either.  It's so tough because teens and young adults think they know it all, and it's like they just want to do the opposite of whatever their parents say. 

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Re: Teenage relationships
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Offline Bev1960

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Re: Teenage relationships
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2018, 01:31:54 PM »
Oh yes, when it comes to the boyfriend/girlfriend be prepared to take a backseat! Been there done that one. Fortunately those 'bad' ones didn't last long and now everyone is in a happy relationship and I have some great grandkids. :) You just have to try and ride those out the best you can and hope for the best. And yes, the more  you push one way the more they will go the other. (of course we were never like that!)

Offline girlchild34

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Re: Teenage relationships
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2018, 01:40:00 AM »
I think the point here is that when talking to them about relationships, we should be as open and accommodative as possible. Looking back at how we fared at the same age could also influence our kind of approach.


Thankfully my kids didn't pick abusive partners. Even though they made the wrong choices at some point, they were able to learn from these.

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