The idea that your child might have these kinds of feelings can sometimes be a bit confronting for you.
You might not feel ready for this, but you have an important role in guiding and supporting your child through this important developmental stage.
Depending on your values and family rules, you and your child might need to discuss behaviour and ground rules, plus consequences for breaking the rules.
For example, you might talk about the amount of time your child spends with his girlfriend versus the amount of time he spends studying, or whether it’s OK for his girlfriend to stay over.
The most influential role models for teenagers are the grown-ups in their lives.
You can be a positive role model for respectful relationships and friendships by treating your partner, friends and family with care and respect.