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Puppy Love Part II: What is a reasonable dating relationship for people ages 15 to 18?

Puppy Love 2Relationships in the teenage years are simultaneously thrilling and devastating. Follow our four-part blog about “Puppy Love.”

What is a reasonable dating relationship for people ages 15 to 18?

  • Date on the weekends (but not every day).
  • Depending on your parents’ rules, you might do homework together during the week or attend each other’s sports games.
  • Talk on the Internet at reasonable hours (that doesn’t mean midnight).
  • Talk on the phone when you can, but don’t let it interfere with important things.
  • Even though you feel serious about one another, still reserve time away with just your friends.
  • Always seek balance in all your activities, and don’t give up your sports, your parents, your music and hobbies.
  • If people give you hints that you are obsessed with your boyfriend/girlfriend, listen carefully and try to adjust things.
  • Don’t put all your hopes and dreams into this relationship; remember this is just practice for later in life.

 This is part two of four in the “Puppy Love” blog series. If you missed our previous posting, please visit

About Beth Rogers-Doll PhD

Beth graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology, is Board-Certified in Psychology and works at Doll & Associates. She works with adolescents, adults, families and couples utilizing a cognitive-behavioral and family systems approach. Areas of expertise include anxiety disorders (Panic, OCD, PTSD, and other trauma-related problems), depression, self-injury, eating disorders, trichotillomania (hair pulling) and marital distress. Also trained in executive coaching and career development, she helps professionals achieve their full potential.

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