Explain that a healthy relationship comes from respect, mutual understanding, trust, honesty, communication, and support.A relationship should consist of healthy boundaries that are established and respected by both partners equally.While it may be tempting to skip this conversation, it’s in everyone’s best interests to talk to your teen about sex.
Take a moment to explain to your teen that attraction and desire are physiological responses that can occur separately from emotions.
Make sure he or she understands that infatuation is not the same as love.
Infatuation may give us butterflies, goose bumps, and that “can’t eat, can’t sleep” type of feeling, but it isn’t the same as love.
Love takes time to grow, whereas infatuation may happen almost instantly.
On its website, the Mayo Clinic suggests turning the topic into a discussion rather than a presentation.