Also, intense relationships can be hard for some teens.Some are so focused on their own developing feelings and responsibilities that they don't have the emotional energy it takes to respond to someone else's feelings and needs in a close relationship. You will be, and you can take all the time you need.Focus on being happy with yourself, and don't take on the responsibility of worrying about someone else's happiness.
If you can think of any way in which your boyfriend or girlfriend is trying to control you, make you feel bad about yourself, isolate you from the rest of your world, or — this is a big one — harm you physically or sexually, then it's time to get out, .
Let a trusted friend or family member know what's going on and make sure you're safe.
No one deserves to be hit, shoved, or forced into anything they don't want to do.
Ever heard about how it's hard for someone to love you when you don't love yourself?
Ever notice that some teen relationships don't last very long?
It's no wonder — you're both still growing and changing every day.
When a boyfriend or girlfriend uses verbal insults, mean language, nasty putdowns, gets physical by hitting or slapping, or forces someone into sexual activity, it's a sign of verbal, emotional, or physical abuse.
Ask yourself, does my boyfriend or girlfriend: These aren't the only questions you can ask yourself.
If you're still waiting, take your time and get to know plenty of people.
Think about the qualities you value in a friendship and see how they match up with the ingredients of a healthy relationship.
Relationships can be full of fun, romance, excitement, intense feelings, and occasional heartache, too.