The Dos and Don'ts of Dating: A Beginner's Guide
Published: February 9, 2015
Our teenage years are spent trying to figure out who we are while trying to figuring out what we want in a partner. Although this is an exciting time in our lives, it’s important to keep some things in mind while dating.
Take risks- Life is all about taking chances. If you get the chance to go out with someone new, chance it! Not every relationship will become a storybook romance, but even the ones that don't work out can provide valuable lessons about yourself, your wants and your dislikes.
Be yourself- It’s easy to agree on the same things when you start a new relationship, but don’t let yourself lose sight of who you are. Relax and be comfortable with yourself.
Go on a date with someone you feel so-so about- This is a great opportunity to figure out how you feel about someone.
Trust your instincts- If you think this relationship will cause you trouble and hurt, run! Trust your gut.
Limit yourself- Dating is an opportunity to find out who YOU are and what you want in a partner. Take this time to meet new people and discover who you are.
Put all your eggs in one basket- At this stage in our lives, it’s tempting to plan out a future with the one you love. Unfortunately plans change, so it’s important to expect change and be ready for it. Change can be a great thing!
Look for perfection- Nobody’s perfect! Learn to love people’s flaws.
Overanalyze if the guy or girl doesn’t text or call again- If you two don’t click, don’t take it personally. There is someone out there for you, and it is okay that this time it didn’t work out.
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