What’s Healthy?

It’s true; we need people to have happier, more complete lives. That doesn’t mean we need a billion Facebook friends or a “significant other” like a boyfriend or girlfriend, but we need people that support us. Having a support network means you have people in your life that you can talk to about anything, people who can help you when you need it, and who have your best interests at heart.

All relationships require work. Being able to communicate is super important, whether it’s with your BFF, teacher, parent or boyfriend/girlfriend. Respect and trust need to be built, and each person in the relationship needs to feel they are just as important as the other person.

Some relationships can be really, really, really important to you, but you should have room in your life for all kinds of people. There is room for everyone you want in your life, whether it’s your siblings, cousins, school friends, fellow members on a sports team, community members you fish or hunt with, other family members, and maybe even a boyfriend/girlfriend.

Our friends at Teen Talk know a lot about healthy relationships: