TEEN HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS: WHAT PARENTS CAN DO

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. In the previous blog post, we shared with you some statistics on teen dating violence and offered some encouragement for what to do if you suspect or know that your teen is experiencing dating violence. We also shared some proactive things you can do before your teen becomes […]

Teen Dating Violence – What Parents Should Know

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. This is such an important topic for parents to be aware of, but can tend to be overlooked. Unfortunately, teen dating violence may be more prevalent than we recognize or want to acknowledge. But the more we talk about and become aware of the realities of dating violence, […]

Decoding Teen Texts: Abbreviations Every Parent Should Know

In honor of February being Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, we thought there was no better time than now to put together a list that could help parents keep their teenagers safe. A lot of romantic relationships between teenagers begin and flourish online (dating apps, social media) or via text message/direct messages.  Red flags about […]

The Five Love Languages: Ideas for Each Category

We all have different ways of expressing and being loved. When we understand this both for ourselves and our partners, we can create space for genuine, authentic, and deep expression of love. To help us better understand this, Gary Chapman explores the five types of expression in his book, The 5 Love Languages. You might […]

Why Am I So Insecure in My Relationship?

Relationships can be wonderful. There are moments when we feel so aligned with our partner. We can have a moment or two of settlement, of joy and even peace. There can also be times of doubt, frustration and loneliness- even when we are in a healthy relationship! The reality is that feelings and emotions within […]

From Going Out to Hooking Up: How Teens View Romantic Relationships

It’s essential as parents to take a look at the gaps between adult views on relationships and teenage views on relationships. Usually as adults, it’s been quite sometime since we had been in a teenage relationship. Our references or experiences are more based in the recent, mature, adult relationships we have had. Society norms, exposure […]

Teen Relationships – A Biopsychosocial Look

Romantic relationships can be difficult. The initial courting or dating phases of those relationships can be really confusing, especially if you’re a teenager. With so much going on physically, emotionally, socially, and mentally from the ages of 13 to 19 teen relationships and dating can be a perplexing and complex topic.  Physiological Changes Let’s start […]

Can You Fall Back in Love?

Love… Ahhhh, the giddy and light and exciting process of falling in love. Every couple or partnership has a different, unique story of how they met and fell in love. The romantic thing about this process is that it’s different for everyone because every person is different and brings to the table our histories and […]

How Many Dates Before Starting a Relationship

The definition of a healthy relationship can vary greatly from one person to the next, but there are a few things to keep in mind when you are first beginning the journey. While your friends, family, and co-workers are sure to share their perspectives on the right way to start a relationship, the decision is […]

Understanding You: The First Step to Being a Better Partner

Healthy relationships can best develop when two individuals are in touch with their own needs, personalities, beliefs, and habits. Resilient relationships (be they romantic, friends, family) require both individuals to look inside themselves to determine who it is they are, and what it is they want. By getting more in tune with your own wants […]