Teen dating violence is a serious problem in this country. According to a national survey 10 percent of teens, female and male, were victims of physical dating violence over the past year and 29 percent of adolescents were verbally or psychologically abused. Children grow up in the environment provided by parents and extended families. They live what they learn there. Parents are obligated to teach their children how to have healthy relationships that last.

Andrea experienced a lot of stress in her world. She was confused and doubtful about herself and her life partner. She was afraid to leave and afraid to stay. What if she made the biggest mistake of her life with difficult consequences to live with for the rest of her life, especially since her daughter had asked, “How you leave someone you can’t breathe without?” The question had stopped her in her tracks. She had learned that people could become addicted to their partners.

She hadn’t had time to reckon whether her marriage was a healthy one or not. But she had seen how couples worked – or not. She envied relationships where the partners trusted, communicated with and supported each other in their goals, dreams and interests. They were individuals who could stand alone when they needed to but worked well together on their shared goals of building a life together.

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