It’s about your child imagining another person as perfect or ideal.
This can tell you a lot about the things that your child finds attractive in people.
Does he think it’s the only way to go out and have fun?
Or does he want to spend time getting to know someone better?
When you encourage conversations about feelings, friendships and family relationships, it can help your child feel confident to talk about teenage relationships in general.
If your child knows what respectful relationships look like in general, she can relate this directly to romantic relationships.
Romantic relationships are a major developmental milestone.
They come with all the other changes going on during adolescence – physical, social and emotional.
Some choose to focus on schoolwork, sport or other interests.
Before your child starts having relationships, he might have one or more crushes.
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.
There isn’t a ‘right age’ to start having relationships – every child is different, and every family will feel differently about this issue.