How to deal with dating

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So, you've been dating someone for three months and everything seems to be going right.

Then one day, out of nowhere, comes the confession your new love should have told you before, that totally rocks your confidence in what you thought you had.

Make sure you're confident that you can handle this—and that you want to—before moving forward. It is hard enough to recover from one unexpected revelation, let alone a succession of them.

Explain to your partner that now is the time to reveal all their baggage so that the foundation of the relationship can be built on stable ground.

The foundation of your relationship feels shaky, and it's hard to trust that other secrets aren’t lurking just below the surface. It's important that you take the time to understand all the details—circumstances, time frame, etc.—of what is being shared, as it relates to your partner’s life.

You may find that this new information is a deal-breaker for you, but, alternatively, it may bring a new level of depth and connection to your relationship.

There are also things you can do to make dating easier for both of you.

Talk to your teen about what a good relationship is.

If you have a concern, talk honestly with your child and ask other’s for help.

Here are some clues that your child’s relationship may be in trouble.

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