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In this time and age, it is not easy to go through all the different stages of growing up without having to eventually face some challenges when it comes to inter-personal relationships with others. These challenges particularly show up during teenage years when we have to deal with talking and relating with others especially members of the opposite sex. During teenage years, a lot of psychological and physical developments occur at a fast pace and without adequate information can create feelings of confusion and disorientation among teenagers. However, managing this is pretty simple if you know the following:

1. Physical interactions have consequences: Once you realize that there are dangerous consequences when you get physical with members of the opposite sex, you will be less likely to get involved with sex and other unhealthy habits at your age. Illusions such as perfect romances and sexual relationships only exist in your head at this time and it is better to leave them there and not attempt to play it out. Pregnancies and STDs are real my dear, grow up before you start having ‘fun’.

2. They hardly last: You should also know that teenage relationships hardly ever last because they are usually based on infatuations that never last. Do not think that a teenage boy/girl will marry you as soon as you are done with secondary school. Nope, things don’t work that way and there is still a long journey ahead of you before you eventually choose whom to settle down with. Emotions at this stage of your life are a passing fancy which will eventually dissolve into nothingness once reality starts to creep in.

3. You are worth more: Maybe your clique of friends don’t think you belong in their circle or you are constantly trying to impress a particular friend, just know that you are definitely worth more. There is no point in running a rat race where you always have to be on your toes just to fit in. As a teenager, you should be more concerned about how to keep your focus and move forward with or without the help of friends. You are priceless because you know your worth. It is time to stop trying to impress your friends.

5. You are not the first: People pass through teenage years successfully. External influence, peer pressure or the constant urge to get out and do something different is not new in teenage relationships. Everyone goes through something similar, however, in cases where you seem confused, the best thing is to seek advice or help from someone older, preferably a family member. As boring as it sounds, advice from older people usually turns out fine once you know what you are looking for.

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This article was first published on 3rd February 2017


Opoola Jelifat is a young and passionate writer. She holds a B.Sc degree in Microbiology and enjoys reading, cooking and writing on real life issues. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree at the University of Ibadan. Contact her on, and via Twitter and facebook by clicking the icons below.

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