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Your Relationship Reality

Relationships are an important part of life. Making any relationship work takes respect, trust, and honesty from both people. It’s not easy, but when quality effort goes into establishing proper relationships, quality results can be expected. Your relationship reality means taking an honest inventory of how your relationships are going and where you may need to make changes or clean breaks.

How can you plan for a lifetime of great friendships and respect-filled relationships? Here are facts, tips and feedback from teens about what makes a healthy relationship—and how to avoid an unhealthy one.

Healthy relationships keep you strong

As you think about your own relationship reality, it can be tempting to view yourself through expectations, pressures, or labels that others might want to stick on you. If this is how you are feeling, keep in mind the following facts.

You may think “everyone is doing it,” but that doesn’t mean they are. Some are, some aren’t — and some are lying.

There are lots of good reasons to say “no, not yet.” Protecting your feelings is one of them.

You’re in charge of your own life. Don’t let anyone pressure you into having sex.

You can always say “no” — even if you’ve said “yes” before.

If you’re drunk or high, you can’t make good decisions about sex. Don’t do something you might not remember or might regret.

Sex won’t make him or her yours.
Find out more about these relationship realities…

Setting Boundaries
Self-Confidence: Key to healthy relationships
Dating: Are you ready?
Falling in Love: Is it real? How can you tell?
Breaking Up: Why Does it Hurt?
The Future