How Do I Tell My Parents I Am Ready For A Boyfriend?

Published: April 10, 2020
Dear TeenHealthFX,
How do i tell my parents i am ready to have a boyfriend?
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Dear How Do I Tell My Parents I Am Ready For A Boyfriend?,

TeenHealthFX is happy to hear that you want to have a grown-up conversation with your parents about your needs. It is important to have open and honest communication with them so each of you understands what the other is feeling. First, we suggest setting a time that works for you and your parents with limited interruptions.  

In addition, It is a good idea to go into the conversation with questions, rather than demands. One good question to start the conversation would be to ask them what age they think is a good age for you to have a boyfriend and go from there. Tell them how you feel and why and give them a chance to respond with their feelings and answers. It is possible it may require a compromise for you both to reach an agreement. Before you talk to them think about what having a boyfriend means to you. Does it mean going out on dates? Being exclusive? Only “talking” to each other?

We understand that you may not agree with your parents’ rules, but by expressing your concerns to them in a mature way can show them that you may be able to handle the responsibility of having a boyfriend and have more freedom to make your own choices.  


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