HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS AND DATING VIOLENCE
Relationships and sex can be really great things in our lives. The good people at stayteen.org point out that every good relationship needs three key things:
Believe it or not nobody can read minds. If there is something going on between you and your partner that you want changed you need to speak up and tell them. Maybe it bothers you when your partner doesn’t listen to your stories or you don’t like it when they call you a certain nickname. Good communication lets you express your needs and wants with each other and is a sign of a healthy relationship.
What if you see you significant other talking with another person? Do you trust that it’s no more than friendly chatting or do jump to conclusions and assume they are cheating? Trusting your partner that they remain true to their words and intentions is a really important part of building a healthy relationship.
Being in a relationship does not mean you have to love everything single thing the other person likes, but it does mean you can’t hate on it either. Being in a healthy relationship means respecting your partner’s likes, beliefs, opinions, values, and cultural background. You may not love everything your partner loves, but it’s still important to respect and celebrate those differences with each other.
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