A Relationship is a connection between two or more people. In our lives, we have many different kinds of relationships with our family, our friends, our teachers and our neighbors.
A romantic or sexual relationship is a bit different from other relationships and it can be wonderful, fulfilling and fun, but it can also be stressful or complicated.
A romantic relationship usually involves an emotional, intellectual and/or sexual connection with
another individual or individuals.
Everyone has their own unique expectation of romantic or sexual relationships.
It’s okay if your expectations for romantic or sexual relationships differ from your parents and even from your friends.
Your relationships will be influenced by many different things, but there are a few things that
are common to all good relationships.
Respect: Your partner treats you the way you like to be treated and listens to you. They take
you seriously and don’t put you down or tell you how to live your life.
Communication: If your partner has something to say, they tell you kindly and with respect. If they have an issue with you or the relationship, they bring it up early instead of letting it boil inside them. They don’t judge you and they are open to working through disagreements.
Trust: Your partner understands that you have separate relationships with yours friends and
family. They don’t try to make you feel guilty for hanging out with other people or accuse you of cheating if you talk to another person.
Equity: You and your partner treat each other with the same level of respect. You are both
are happy to do your part in maintaining the relationship, whether it’s supporting each other when one of you is having a bad day or sharing the cost of birth control.
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