Some choose to focus on schoolwork, sport or other interests.
Before your child starts having relationships, he might have one or more crushes.
Does he want a boyfriend or girlfriend just because his friends do?
The idea that your child might have these kinds of feelings can sometimes be a bit confronting for you.
But these feelings are leading your child towards a deeper capacity to care, share and develop intimate relationships.
Depending on your values and family rules, you and your child might need to discuss behaviour and ground rules, and consequences for breaking the rules.
For example, you might talk about how much time your child spends with his girlfriend or boyfriend versus how much time he spends studying, or whether it’s OK for his girlfriend or boyfriend to stay over.