Moms and dads can aid the healing process by being generous with their time, patience and hugs.

“The number-one benefit is safety,” says the father of two grown children.

Going out in mixed groups also gives boys and girls an opportunity to just enjoy one another’s company, without the awkwardness and sexual tension that can intrude upon a one-to-one date. Many of us feel that way when we imagine our son or daughter disappearing into the night arm in arm with a young lady or a young man. Eagar advises not allowing single dating before age sixteen.

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.

It will probably be some time before he abandons the hope that she’ll realize her mistake and come crawling back. However, blues that linger for more than a few weeks may warrant professional counseling.

Remember, too, that teen relationships on the wane frequently flicker on again. Encourage him to get together with friends—but don’t nag.

But it will, and probably sooner than you think.” Do not use this opportunity to reveal how you never liked the newly insignificant significant other in the first place.

Your son may be venting his rage at the girl who dumped him, but don’t be fooled. ” (or words to that effect) essentially implies that she does not have a right to her emotions.

When you’re older and ready to start dating, I hope that you will do the same. ” Adults generally take a cynical view of teenage romance, as if it were a chemical imbalance in need of correction. “You know what they’re like when their hormones start raging.” A boy and a girl float down the street holding hands, dizzy in love, and all parents see is testosterone and estrogen out on a date.

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?

Those that endure until graduation day rarely survive the post-high-school years.