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Youth Relationships

Posted on 4 March, 2020 at 23:05
Written by Colette Dekker (March 2020) Being young is not easy. Relationships with parents change and relationships with peers are getting more involved and we start feeling butterflies when a certain someone is close by or just looking at you. Knowing the characteristics of a healthy relationship can keep us safe from unhealthy relationships and help us build healthy relationships inside and outside of the family circle. So keep the following in mind: Mutual respect. each person values who the other is and understands the other persons boundaries. Trust. Both should place trust in each other and give each other the benefit of the doubt. Honesty. Honesty builds trust and strengthens the relationship. Compromise. Each person does not always get his or her way. Each should acknowledge different points of view and be willing to give and take. Individuality. No one should have to compromise who he/she is, and his/her identity should not be based on someone elses. Communication. Speaking honestly and openly to avoid miscommunication. Remember that others cannot read your mind. Anger control. We all get angry, but how we express it can affect our relationships with others. Anger can be handled in healthy ways such as taking a deep breath, counting to ten, walking away until calm or talking it out. Understanding. Taking time to understand what the other might be feeling. Being a role model. By exemplifying what respect means, we can inspire each other, friends, and family to also behave in a respectful way. Healthy sexual relationship. When you engage in a sexual relationship, both parties need to be comfortable with it and neither should feel pressured or forced to engage in any sexual activity that is outside his or her comfort zone and NEVER without consent. NO ONE IS PERFECT. If you love someone, you should not expect her or him to be perfect. You need to accept his or her mistakes and if something needs working on, do it with love and patience.

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