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When your crush finally notices you and things start looking like they might become “official,” there are usually lots of warm and fuzzy emotions floating around. You may find yourself wanting to text or talk to that person all the time. You might get butterflies when you see your boo. You might create an emoji sequence with special meaning that you use to end every text conversation. It can be really fun to be someone’s “special someone.” 

In the teen years, the hormones that make you go through puberty also play a big part in driving feelings of attraction. Your hormones (you’re making more than ever before) can also affect emotions, making them feel bigger and stronger. For some people, when attraction and big emotions come...

I wasn’t totally surprised when I found out (from another mom) that my 6th grade daughter* had a “boyfriend.”  I had noticed the flirtation and bigger-than-usual-smile when he was around.  Besides, I was in the 6th grade once, too.   Back then, we called it “going steady.”  Today, I hear it’s called “going out.”

I knew better than to say what I said, but it just slithered out of that dorkey-parent-talk space that materializes when you have children. 

“I heard you’re going out with Sam.*  So… where are you going?”

If you have an adolescent daughter, you can imagine the response.

I wasn’t making fun of her BF interest, just trying to keep it “light.”  I just didn’t want her to think that we were diving head...

Know The Facts 30 seconds

Before you get close, get the facts. 1 in 4 teens will get an STD. Protecting your health is key. Sexually transmitted infections can happen with skin to skin contact, not just "sex." If you're having sex, get tested. If you're thinking about it, protect yourself.