There is also the pressure to perform sexually, through information gained online, which was never an issue for previous generations." Brodnock emphasises: "Parents should take responsibility for the media that their children are exposed to, using filters on phones, devices and pcs, as well as monitoring what they watch on television." Reith – a mum of three daughters - is keen to point out, "If your child at primary school says they have a girlfriend or boyfriend, you should investigate what it means, but if parents try to ban a relationship then it makes it all the more attractive."We all know how it feels to fall in love or have a huge crush on someone, but if this becomes too serious before the age of 16 there is the risk it will prevent young people from making other friends, having a social life outside of the relationship, and their academic work may suffer too."Brodnock is all for talking to your child.
"Children who form early sexual relationships often have low self-esteem because they look to someone else to 'complete' them.
This can lead later in life to the formation of high dependency relationships."She favours creating a time each week when your child has an 'amnesty': a time when they can tell you what they are thinking and feeling without you being judgemental.
This helps parents become aware of relationships that might exist and how to foresee any problems.
She may be hurt but deep down she will respect you for being honest. Make Her Laugh You make me laugh every day, so this shouldn’t be a difficult one.