Karen L. A study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that 75 percent of seventh graders report having a boyfriend or girlfriend. For some young people, these are healthy and loving relationships that offer excellent opportunities to explore their beliefs and values about relationships. For too many others, these relationships are unhealthy — and can cross the line into being emotionally and physically abusive. Dating violence can put young people at high risk for long-term health consequences, serious injury and even death. Dating violence is a pattern of verbal, physical, sexual or emotional violence against a romantic partner.
Finding time together as a couple is an important aspect of maintaining a strong and healthy relationship. Couples with children often struggle to have the time or energy to reconnect as often as they would like. While challenging to find the time, couples can do many fun activities at home to reconnect, especially after the kids are asleep. Keep it simple. Going on a date with your sweetheart is about connecting with each other. Activities do not need to be elaborate or require a lot of time or energy. Even 20 minutes of uninterrupted quality time can boost a relationship.
FDA issues Update of Expiration Date Extensions to Help with Drug Shortages
Many times the shelf-life of food is not so much a matter of safety as it is quality. We want food that is safe to eat as well as food that tastes good. Observing "sell-by," "expiration" and "use-by" dates is recommended. But what do these terms mean? Most dating is voluntary and is the manufacturer's best guess at how long the product will last.
This fact sheet is part of the Teen talk: a survival guide for parents of teenagers series. Remember the first time you fell in love? It was all you could think about and you thought it would last forever. Combine that with what you know about all the physical and emotional changes your teen is going through.