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“i was very happy when my children surprised me” Singer Minalush

You can’t believe it’s been five minutes since you were ‘aww-ing’ at your beautiful little one holding hands with another tot at nursery. Now that they’re in secondary school, they’re holding hands once more – but things could go serious this time. We all know that our teenagers will probably fall in love at some point in their lives. When this happens, though, parents frequently experience a sense of bewilderment… which is unusual, right? We’ve all gone through the adolescent years. We, too, have had secret crushes and blushes, first shy vows of love, a sensation of something significant occurring… that first, exhilarating physical touch from a romantic interest. We get a good laugh at the cheeky kindergartener who sneaks a kiss. We upload our cheeky kissing kindergarteners for everyone to exclaim over in this age of social media, and if we don’t have a toddler to send to nursery, we laugh and share videos of other people’s kids being cheeky. Our teenagers are constantly assaulted with subtle signals about how to be, from carefully manicured blendings of boys and girls on billboards to jiggling, writhing, sometimes scantily clothed entertainers and social media influencers.
They’re supposed to be sexy, or at the very least attractive. They are supposed to ‘like’ their opposite gender, which makes being non-binary even more challenging. They expect to fall in love at first sight while attempting to do all of this. That kind of love is supposed to last forever. How can we blame youngsters for accelerating their evolution towards what they likely perceive as society standards, just as we did, after being spoon-fed such ideals from an early age? We’re not advocating a return to puritanical periods, and external influences aren’t the only reason why teenagers fall in love so quickly. Of course, there’s a lot more to teens in love. Take, for example, biology. Nobody can blame a parent for finding their child’s actions endearing. It’s also not a bad idea to share them on social media. Giving their actions too much weight, to the point where the youngster feels obliged to repeat the activity in order to get the same positive reaction, could be a mistake. Rather than validating the child’s cheekiness in snatching kisses, praising the child’s affectionate nature is a wonderful method to address such situations. “How nice you are to meet your friend so warmly!” provides a firm foundation on which the youngster can establish a positive self-image.

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