If anything, youngsters in the group spend as much time interacting with their same-sex friends as they do with members of the opposite sex. Ron Eagar, a pediatrician at Denver Health Medical Center, views group dating as a healthy way for adolescents to ease into the dating pool rather than dive in.
“The number-one benefit is safety,” says the father of two grown children.
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Dating customs have changed since you were a teenager.
The breakup of a romance can be painful at any stage of life.
A little extra sensitivity helps, too, for in this situation, knowing what not to say is as important as choosing the right words.
Acknowledge your teen’s pain but assure her that she will be happy again.
Just look at the words used to describe affection between two young people: “infatuation,” “crush,” “puppy love.” If it feels like love to the two puppies, isn’t it love?
To reiterate a point made earlier, it wasn’t all that long ago that many couples got married in their teens.
High-school romances tend to have limited life spans.