Sooner or later you’re probably going to start feeling attracted to other people, and want them as more than just mates.
You may feel instantly attracted to someone, because of their looks. Some people call this ‘love at first sight’. Or you have known someone for a long time, and suddenly start to see and feel about them in a different way. Some people develop a ‘crush’ and don’t want to let the other person know, or sadly the other person doesn’t feel the same way about them.
Romantic attraction is a strange mix of the physical and emotional. As these feelings are new to you, it’s hard to know what to expect or recognise what exactly you’re feeling. This is completely normal. Try to enjoy it!
As is true with other friendships, it’s really important to have a clear idea of what makes for a good romantic relationship before you get there. Then you can enjoy yourself and you won’t get hurt so easily if things don’t go to plan.
Ask yourself does your boyfriend or girlfriend:
If you feel you:
then it’s time to exit the relationship.
And when the relationship starts to get sexual, it’s really important to feel comfortable about what’s going on and the speed at which things are developing. Take a look at the pages on sex and sexuality and take time out to think things through.