In these years, teenage relationships might last only a few weeks or months.
Romantic crushes tend not to last very long because ideas of perfection often break down when your child gets to know the other person better.
But your child’s intense feelings are real, so it’s best to take crushes seriously and not make fun of them.
Some choose to focus on schoolwork, sport or other interests.
Before your child starts having relationships, he might have one or more crushes.
If your child wants to go out alone with someone special, talking about it with him can help you get a sense of whether he’s ready.
Does he want a boyfriend or girlfriend just because his friends do?
You might also want to agree on some strategies for what your child should do if she feels unsafe or threatened.
Young people might also talk to their friends, which is healthy and normal.
There isn’t a ‘right age’ to start having relationships – every child is different, and every family will feel differently about this issue.
But here are some averages: Many teenagers spend a lot of time thinking and talking about being in a relationship.
When you encourage conversations about feelings, friendships and family relationships, it can help your child feel confident to talk about teenage relationships in general.