Some choose to focus on schoolwork, sport or other interests.Before your child starts having relationships, he might have one or more crushes.Some 35% of teens have some type of experience in a romantic relationship, a figure that includes current and former daters, as well as those in serious and less-serious relationships.
The 35% of teens who say they are either currently involved with a romantic partner or have ever dated, hooked up with or had a romantic relationship with someone will serve as the focus of the remainder of this report.
When we refer to “teen daters,” “teens with relationship experience” or “teens with dating experience” we are referring to this roughly one-third of teenagers who are currently in some type of relationship or have been at some point in the past.
Most teens with romantic relationship experience are not sexually active.
Some 30% of teen daters say they have ever had sex.
If your child wants to go out alone with someone special, talking about it with him can help you get a sense of whether he’s ready.
Does he want a boyfriend or girlfriend just because his friends do?
In these years, teenage relationships might last only a few weeks or months.
It’s also normal for children to have no interest in romantic relationships until their late teens.
Early teenage relationships often involve exploring physical intimacy and sexual feelings.