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Relationship stories and advice for Valentine's Day

Over the years, AboutKidsHealth has been providing its readers with information about relationships -- things to avoid, what to nurture, and real life situations that often go unreported. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we pulled from our archive some informative stories and sound advice columns involving love, dating, and relationships for you to enjoy.


An ongoing conversation about sex starting at a very young age is a better strategy than one big and potentially embarrassing "birds and bees" lecture.

Find out what is normal for tweens who are beginning to date. Going out in a group setting may be the key to easing into the dating world.

Discussions about teen sexuality tend to focus on the risks of pregnancy and STIs. But the consequences of an emotionally abusive relationship may be much more worrisome.

Ask Dr. Pat

Dr. Pat, a clinical psychologist and researcher, offers insightful, evidence-based answers to questions submitted by our readers.