Michelangelo and You: How a Strong Relationship Shapes You

How many of the benefits of a healthy relationship do you know about? Look at what a healthy, loving relationship can help you do: Live longer Heal faster Feel less pain Reduce your stress level Avoid unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking Maintain healthy habits like exercising and eating right And did you know that […]

Is Respect Alive and Well in Your Relationship?

If you only watch movies or TV, you might come to believe that as long as the sex is good, the relationship is, too. But if you live in the real world, you may have noticed that’s not true. Look around you. The best, longest-lasting relationships are built on something else altogether. Something that doesn’t […]

Longing for Love: How to Fill Your Heart without Regrets

You were made to be loved. That’s why the longing to be loved is so strong. Yet you have probably heard society’s subtle whispers: “Who would ever want someone like you?” or “You’re not (_fill in the blank_) enough to be loved.” Then puberty hits, and hormones turn your longing for love into something deafening. […]

Relationships: the Key to Preventing Teen Pregnancy

Teen pregnancy results from teen sex. Let’s just be right up front about that. So if you, like those of us here at Choices Pregnancy Center, are serious about preventing teen pregnancy, we have to start by talking about teen sex and our individual opportunities to positively influence teens’ choices. You can have a powerful […]

How to Start Over: Build Better Relationships This Year

Are you ready to dump the drama of relationships based more on sex than friendship? Ready to treat your sexuality as a treasure, instead of a dollar store deal? You can make a fresh start now. Welcome to a whole new year! New Year, New You Whether you’re reading this on New Year’s Eve or […]

5 Great Reasons to Be Hard to Get

It’s a crazy fact of human nature: If something’s hard to get, we see it as more worth getting. That’s why “casual” sex has long been known as “cheap” sex. It’s not valuable. But you are valuable. So why give your body away to someone who has made no commitment to “love, honor, and cherish” […]

Teen Pregnancy: How to Help Your Friend Prevent It

Teens with friends who support them in their resolve not to get pregnant are more likely to stand firm under pressure than those who don’t get support.[1] That means you can make a difference when your friend faces pressure to compromise what really matters to her. She knows that sex makes babies. But that clear […]

What’s Wrong with Hooking Up?

Hooking up. . . Friends with benefits . . . No strings attached. Get what you want and move on. It sounds so good. But is it? Let’s talk honestly about how hooking up really plays out. Good for Your Body? Every time you have sex with a temporary partner, you run the risk of […]

Teens: You Can Escape from Violent Dating Relationships

Does something about your romantic relationship just feel wrong? Deep down, you don’t feel safe. This person you “fell in love with” has now become something less than a friend. Maybe they’re obsessive, possessive, or cruel. Maybe they make you feel guilty for hanging out with your friends or family. Maybe they make threats. Or […]

Obsession: Is My Relationship Unhealthy?

The first obsessive relationship I ever ran into involved someone near and dear to me. For awhile, she couldn’t even see what was happening. Her desire to be “loved” was so strong–and her sense of her own value so weak–that she was willing to accept the poor substitute her boyfriend offered. Fortunately, she finally realized […]