Dating without driving

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To reiterate a point made earlier, it wasn’t all that long ago that many couples got married in their teens.

“Parents should never minimize or ridicule a first love,” says Tucson pediatrician Dr. “It is a very important relationship to teenagers, and it’s important for another reason, in that it is their first intimate relationship with someone outside their family.” When “going out” evolves into “going steady,” it is natural to worry that things are getting too serious too soon.

They march off en masse to the mall or to the movies, or join a gang tossing a Frisbee on the beach.

The first time they experience romantic rejection, the sadness can seem bottomless.Those that endure until graduation day rarely survive the post-high-school years.If one or both young people leave home, the physical distance has a way of opening an emotional distance between them, and eventually the relationship coasts to a halt.Topping their list of questions is, “How do you know when you’re in love with somebody?” They are also genuinely curious about their parents’ courtship and marriage (“Mom, did you fall in love with Dad at first sight?

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