Don't Call It Puppy Love

Did you know that how you handle your child’s puppy love confession can determine your communication during the stressful teen years? Dr. Pete Stavinoha, pediatric neuropsychologist at Children's Medical Center of Dallas, said parents should use this opportunity to prove to their child that parents can be trusted with issues that make the kids feel vulnerable.

"Children may not remember the exact experience, but they’ll remember telling their parents something important and feeling awkward afterwards," Stavinoha said. He suggests parents listen and encourage their children to talk without any teasing or judgment. "Engage your child in a conversation about the qualities they like in the person and take their lead in the tone of the discussion," he said. "The key is not to make them uncomfortable."