Reading time: 3 minutes
Suitable for: Families of secondary-age children
Most parents dread the start of teenage relationships! It’s hard to know how best to support your child as they first start dating.
Some young people show an early interest in forming relationships, others will start later or not at all. Every child is unique.
Younger children often talk about having a boyfriend or girlfriend. They are copying the behaviour they see from the adults around them.
As they grow older, they may talk more seriously about being in a relationship, but this is likely to take place within a group setting without spending much time alone.