Another guest post! And this time it will discuss a topic I would never have been able to discuss because of my lack of concrete experience… so I’m sure it’ll appeal as interesting to you as it is to me
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Dating Tips for Teens
Venturing into the world of dating for the first time as a teenager is both exciting and scary all at the same time. It’s full of butterflies, first kisses, and first heartbreaks. When you first enter the dating realm you have no idea what you’re doing, which can be overwhelming. The good news is that everyone has all of those same emotions, so you’re not alone. Before you jump headfirst into the world of dating, though, make sure you do a few key things:
1. Be happy with yourself first
It sounds simple, but this is one of the hardest truths about dating. We spend so much time trying to find our own personal happiness in someone else, but we’ll never find it there. The only way you’ll ever truly be happy with someone else and make them happy is to ensure that you’re making you happy first. Always put yourself and your priorities at the top of your list.
2. Get involved with something you love to find someone you love
Being a part of an organization or a sport or an after school activity that you love will help you connect with other like-minded people. Having shared interests and being able to easily talk about those interests will help foster potential relationships.
3. Don’t ever sell yourself short
When you first start dating it’s easy to want to change yourself to fit what you think your crush wants out of a potential girlfriend or boyfriend. But you’re only selling yourself short by doing that. You can’t pretend to be someone else forever, so it’s best to wait until you find someone that’s into you for who YOU are, and not just who you’re pretending to be.
4. The over-enthusiastic approach is a bad one
It can be tempting to constantly text or call the guy or girl you’re in to, but that tactic has a tendency to just freak people out and be a turn-off. Don’t be overly available because you just end up seeming desperate and needy. Maintain a bit of mystery.
5. Never ditch your friends
Once you find a guy or girl that you click with it’s common to get so wrapped up in your budding relationship that you end up ditching your friends for your new flame over and over again. But you can end up seriously burning some bridges this way, and at the end of the day your friends are the ones who will be there when your guy or girl isn’t, so keep them close. A guy or girl should never come in between your friendships.
As fun as dating is, it’s also a tricky road to navigate. You should never compromise yourself or your values for someone else; that’s the easiest way to get hurt. Staying true to who you really are and waiting to date the right person will bring the most rewarding relationships.
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Mary Edwards is one of the contributors and editors for dating websites. She is passionate about thought leadership writing, regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting and online dating community. She can be reached at edwardsmary936 AT gmail.com.