But parents and educators who teach kids about what a positive, respectful relationship looks like — and how to identify an unhealthy one — can make a huge difference.
So this February, start talking to your kids about what healthy relationships look like!
Add in media messages that glorify unhealthy behavior — how many romantic comedies involve the boy who just won't give up on the girl who said no?
— and kids can find it extremely difficult to figure out what healthy romantic love really looks like.
Tweens and teens are entering a new world of love and romantic relationships.
But when you combine the overwhelming emotions of first crushes and partners with the emotional complexity of tween and teen minds, it can be hard to figure out whether a relationship is real — and whether it's healthy.By sharing these stories, and talking about what makes real love so empowering and special, we can help the next generation find the loving, respectful partners they deserve.For a tween or teen experiencing their first crush — pounding heart, sweating hands, and elation or depression (depending on what the object of their affection just did) — love doesn’t necessarily feel like a wonderful thing, but understanding the difference between the overwhelming emotions of first love and unhealthy attachment and dependency on a partner are crucial.With an ending that's sure to generate discussion, this book will get teens talking about what they would give up for someone they loved.Sometimes it's not love that makes you wonder if you're crazy — it's the person you love.To Garnet's shock, she finds herself romantically drawn to Isabella, even though the notion of a same-sex relationship is totally foreign to her.And if she can defy convention enough to accept her love for Isabella, surely her other unconventional dreams — college and a scientific career — aren't crazy either.What if love didn’t just feel crazy, but was actually considered a mental illness?Lena is waiting for her “cure” for love — a procedure conducted at age 18 that is effectively emotional castration, after which she will be completely content with her government-controlled society selecting her career, her husband, and everything else in her life.She opts to throw herself into the school musical — where the drama, of course, isn’t confined to the stage.This graphic novel tackles all the ups and downs tweens and teens experience as they start experiencing their first feelings of infatuation and love — hope, excitement, fear, uncertainty, and even the dawning realization of sexual orientation as one of Callie’s friends from the drama club confines in her that he’s gay — in a compelling and compassionate way.