To help you put things in perspective (i.e., is the age at which my teen begins dating normal? This is, whether we like it or not, when things get real.
You recall me stating earlier that dating during the teen years serves as a type of practice for future relationships?
Certainly, the context in which we consider this emotion matters: I love to read; I love Chinese food; I love my mother. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary lists various definitions: “a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person”; “attraction that includes sexual desire”; and “the strong affection felt by people who have a romantic relationship.” But do any of these descriptions really answer our question?
To be clear, I am interested in how we develop and pursue the takes-my-breath-away, euphoric, romantic love that is so sought after. As children, we experience love in the form of unconditional care and affection from our parents.
I don't view this article as good news I see it as a sentence for those who don't conform, & a detriment to those who do.
It's not emotionally healthy for teens to experience the emotional rollercoaster of adult relationships.
I clearly recall, when I began to show interest in dating boys, my father saying something about putting me into a convent until I was thirty!