The Simple Guide to Dating

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The Simple Guide to Dating

Thinking of dating? You’re sooo not alone! Dating is a normal part of growing up. And it can be fun!

That being said, it’s best to be in a safe, healthy relationship. One where you’re totally happy and fulfilled. One where you can truly be yourself. These tips will help you get started:

Be Friends
Great relationships are built on trust, treating each other as equals and mutual respect. When you guys start off as friends, these things are likely to come easily. Because you’d have gotten to know each other as people first, before anything else. Better yet, you’ll be able to tell if you have similar likes, ideas etc. You will also be able to tell if this is someone who respects and appreciates you for who you are.

Speak Up
When you’re with someone, you should feel free to communicate with them. If something is bothering you, it’s better to talk about it instead of holding it in. So from your opinions to your feelings, let it all out. Your partner can’t read your mind. Be as clear, direct and honest as possible.

Don’t Be Anyone’s Secret
One of the coolest things about being in a relationship? Meeting each other’s loved ones! If you can’t tell your closest friends you’re seeing someone, something is wrong. You should be able to show each other off to friends. It’ll let both of you know where you stand. Besides, you’ll find out whether or not your loved ones are happy about your relationship. If they are, yay!

Make Time For Yourself
Being in a relationship with someone doesn’t mean you guys must be together all the time. You both need your space. You shouldn’t abandon your friends just because you’re dating. Or stop doing the things you’ve always loved. Once in a while, take a break and do your own thing. There’s joy in being alone too.

Be Kind and Supportive
No name-calling or silent treatment. No yelling or hitting – no matter how upset you are. Always lift each other up, instead of putting each other down. Believe in each other’s dreams and cheer each other on. Yes, you guys will disagree sometimes. But things can be settled in a fair, mature way.

Remember, you deserve to feel safe, loved and accepted. You have the right to leave any relationship where you feel unhappy and unsafe. If you have serious concerns about your relationship, talk to a trusted adult immediately.

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