Peer Relationships

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Peer Relationships Often Come and Go

Relationships with peers during the teenage years can come and go at a dizzying pace.  Peer relationships become deeper and more important, but they also become more challenging because everyone involved is growing and changing. Everybody is a moving target – experimenting, learning how to relate, discovering who they are and what they want in a relationship.  It’s hard to make connections and keep them with all that motion. Particularly when you don’t have years of experience with mature relationships to rely on.

The Value of Peer relationships

There is a natural shift in relationship importance from parents to peers in the teen years and that is a healthy move toward independence.  It’s part of the necessary changes that happen on the journey to young adulthood. It’s not an either/or issue. Parents remain key relationships, but peers increase dramatically in importance.