1. Always be yourselfYou need to stop asking questions like, “How should I act?” You don’t need to act like anything or anyone. You should always be yourself. Of course, you need to keep in mind , but those things don’t really change your essence as a .
2. A smile can work wondersIf you constantly worry about how to get a to notice you, then heed this advice. A simple smile can light up your face, making you look happier, prettier, and more approachable. And even if the object of your affection doesn’t like you back, there will be someone in the room who will notice your smile.
3. Teenage boys are as scared as youDon’t let their swagger and their self-confidence fool you. Boys are as confused and as uncertain as when it comes to . They just act like they do because society expects them to initiate in a relationship. Give them a break by doing your part, even if it can be nerve-wracking.
4. You can ask a boy out firstI know I might get some flak for this , but it’s something that I’ve been saying to most of the girls asking for help on the site. Gone are the days when it’s taboo for a girl to ask a boy out first. If you like someone, take a chance on them! I know rejection is scary, but ’t it scarier to let the you like to pass you by?
5. You can’t force people to love youSometimes, it doesn’t matter how much you someone. He, or even she, may not feel the same way about you. No matter how hard you work for the person’s affection, it may never happen. You need to when to accept that and when to try to move on.
6. If you have to do everything yourself, then he’s not that into youWhen someone likes you, he will show some effort to gain your attention. You won’t always have to work extra hard to carry on a conversation with him. You won’t have to text him first every single time. You don’t always have to approach him first when you’re in the same area. I think you get my point, right? So unless he’s incredibly shy, the you like is not that into you if you have to do yourself.
7. There is no deadline for your first kissThere are a lot of who are in such a rush to have their first kiss. But honestly, I think that girls are putting too much pressure on themselves and their lips. All things happen in good time. You just need to to go with the flow.
8. When in doubt, say noNo one can force you to do anything you’re not ready for. When it comes to , this rule is usually applicable to physical or sexual activities. However, you can also use this rule of thumb when you are being pressured to try drugs, to drink alcohol, to go places you are not familiar with, or to try things you are unsure about.
9. Sex doesn’t prove anythingIf you’re not ready to have , let him know. If you’re uncomfortable about something a wants you to do, speak up. Muster up the courage to utter a single word: NO. Having sex with him doesn’t prove your love. Don’t believe the lies he tells you. Please don’t ever let anyone pressure you into doing anything you don’t want to do. And if he forces sex on you, it’s called rape; report it. Remember that no means no.
10. Choose your girl friends over a guyYou know how guys have the code “bros before hoes”? I don’t particularly like the word choice, but basically it reminds guys to pick their friends over their potential or current girlfriends. The logic behind this code is that love interests come and go, but your friends will always be there for you. , we take this code to heart. If you find your true friends, then never forget about them when you get a boyfriend. Hold on to them for they are rare species in this world.
11. You need to maintain a balanceI know I just said that you should prioritize your girl friends over a . But of course, you also need to to strike a balance between the relationships in your life. You can’t have your guy feeling neglected, can you?
12. Space can be good, or any kind of love for that matter, demands a lot of time and emotional energy. It can take a toll on the people involved. Sometimes, it is good to give each other some space. Believe it or not, but people are like trees. Crowd them and you stunt their growth. Give them space and they grow to their full potential.
13. Your life won’t end with a break upTeenage love is not immune to break ups. And boy, can be they be messy and painful! But please believe me when I say that no matter how much you hurt, life doesn’t end when you break up with someone. Sure, it’s going to hurt and you’re going to be sad. But then you’re going to get sick of wallowing in self-pity, and you’re going to pick yourself up again. So go on, feel the pain of breaking up. Let the pain wash over you and then let all of it go. And even if you can’t let it go, you will get used to the pain. Life goes on and you will be stronger.
14. There is more to life than boysIf your love life is not going so well as of the moment, then to focus your energy on other areas of your life. There’s your education, your friendships, your hobbies, and your family. Let’s not forget about yourself, your habits, and your personal growth. There truly is more to life than boys. Don’t let them, or the lack of them in your life, bring you down.
Your life as a modern teenager is complicated enough as it is, what with school, social, emotional, and mental problems, and juggling relationships with family and friends. Add teenage love into the equation, and you sometimes feel like you’re in over your head. But remember that in reality, things are not as bad as they seem in your head. Don’t let your emotions, hormones, and imagination get the best of you. Welcome the lessons that teenage love has to teach you. You will be a much better for it. What other lessons do you think be taught to or learned by (or boys)?