Experts say parents can't do much to protect kids from the bumps and bruises of first crushes beyond keeping the lines of communication open and offering comfort.
That's no simple task—kids seem to leapfrog from sweet curiosity about the opposite gender to demanding to know when they're allowed to date to holding hands, kissing and more.
It’s tough to know when to set rules and when to give freedom, when to bend and when to stand firm, when to intervene and when to let live.
Communication is often one of the trickiest minefields to navigate.
Resiliency, self-respect, self-esteem, confidence, perseverance, and wisdom are the things to focus on instilling in your children, as these things will both help them to avoid pain and to recover from it quickly.
Even more important than trying to avoid pain is helping our sons and daughters (and ourselves) to know that they are strong, capable, and powerful — and that they can overcome hurt.
We are misled in our society to think there is only one person out there for us, only one soul mate — only one great love.
The truth is that, out of millions of people, there are far more than one with whom wcan have a wonderful spiritual, physical, emotional and intellectual connection.
In spite of any hope you had of slowing down the clock, you woke up one day to find that your child is not so childlike anymore.How did I get from there to dropping off my own daughter at the doorstep of romance?And was there a way to make those girl-meets-boy dramas any less heart crushing?But it can be hard to just believe that other people won't hurt you." —Anna, 16It's hard, especially if you've been messed around before, Anna tells Buzz Feed Life.However, snooping can lead to misunderstanding, crossed wires, and overreacting, so like Anna, just avoid at all costs.