Ten Tips to Happy Dating
Where can a teen go for help with a dating relationship that doesn't make them happy anymore, and maybe seems even a little abusive?
Online Resources For Teens
National Teen Dating Abuse by Liz Claiborne
Love Is Not Abuse by Liz Claiborne
Jennifer Ann's Group
Kari’s story, a victim of teen dating violence
National Teen Dating Violence Abuse Helpline, talk to a teen for support, video, sign the Dating Bill of Rights, PSAs
National Domestic Violence Hotline and links for each state’s Coalition Against Domestic Violence
How Healthy Is My Relationship?
Following are two lists, one of healthy relationship characteristics and one of unhealthy traits. Many relationships have a combination of both. The point of this exercise is to figure out what things in your relationship are healthy or unhealthy, so you can gain appreciation for the best things and decide what you want to change.
IS IT HEALTHY?
If you and this person...
IS IT UNHEALTHY?
If one of you...
This list is a way of identifying some of the healthy and unhealthy characteristics of your relationship- it does not cover every possible situation. You may want to share this list with someone in your support system, and talk about where you want to make changes in your relationship and how you can begin to do this.
There are times in relationships where partners are not happy with each other. Those are the times when we need to look at what our responsibilities are. Our main responsibility is to have open, honest, communication. Communication can not be stressed enough in any type of relationship.
The following are some tips for having good communication:
What If I'm Afraid to Communicate With My Partner?
If there is any fear in you're relationship, then for your own sanity you must take time to look at that. Why are you afraid? Is it just because you lack assertiveness? If so, see the page on assertiveness. Or, is it something more? Are you afraid of what your partner's reaction will be?
Take a look at the signs on the dating violence tab & see if you partner has any of them!