If you think that talking to your parents might be hard, start with your friends or other adults you trust.Ultimately, what matters is that you personally feel ready and confident to make this decision.We use the gender-neutral term “partners” to refer to people in an intimate relationship, but you might use a different word (and that’s okay)!No matter how you define dating, it’s important to remember that abuse can occur within all kinds of intimate relationships.Having a child together could feel like more than just dating, or you might have chosen not to be together anymore; there is no one way that relationships must work.
It may be serious or casual, straight or gay, committed or open, short-term or long-term.
At loveisrespect, we get all kinds of questions about dating. If you have questions of your own or need more information, you can always chat with a trained peer advocate!
“Dating” means different things to different people, particularly across generations.
Dating someone your family doesn’t like can be really hard.
It may cause conflict that makes you feel like you can’t be honest or even near the people you love.