Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so Your Teen caught up with Dr.Adelle Cadieux, a pediatric psychologist with Helen De Vos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to find out what’s “normal” when it comes to teenagers and romance—and what should make us take a closer look.
Perhaps even for people who did join an app as single-and-ready-to-mingle, seeing the plethora of options on swipes and the mighty levels of power that come with literally swiping someone aside if they don’t fit your brief, it has stopped people meeting someone they otherwise might give a chance if they met in person.
River describes the “ease of the swipe” as sometimes being a hindrance to actually deciding on someone to meet up with.
They enjoy being together, they may be each other’s confidante, but you should also see your teenager continuing to maintain his or her relationships with other friends and still doing the other things they were doing before this romantic relationship, including sports or other interests. In middle school, it’s usually more about seeing each other during classes, at lunch, and school events.
In other words, the romance doesn’t interfere with normal life. Texting each other, communicating through social media.
In a healthy relationship, all communication is respectful, whether it’s face-to-face, on the phone or online.