- Tell them it's not a reflection on them or their personality. It's just that everyone is different and it often takes time to find the right partner.
- Say that at least they now have the opportunity to find someone nicer who will really appreciate them.
Not been asked
- Assure them it will happen, perhaps when they're not even expecting it.
- Do advise them there's no need to get desperate and go out with just anyone.
- Make them laugh by telling them some silly stories about your experiences.
By parenting expert, Jane Bidder
Dislike your child's partner
- Steer clear of Romeo and Juliet. Teens love the idea of forbidden love. There's nothing like disapproving parents to push two teens closer together.
- Don't panic. Early relationships tend to burn out quickly - one survey showed that at 15, relationships last an average of only three or four months.
- Don't expect rationality. Research has shown that when teenagers are in love it has a similar effect on their brains as cocaine. No wonder they're behaving oddly!
From The Parents' Book Of Checklists - From Toddlers To Teenagers by Sally Coulthard, working mum and writer
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