Picking up the pieces of a broken heart

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Troubled couple. (Photo: Getty Images)
Troubled couple. (Photo: Getty Images)

No parent wants to see their child in pain – physical or emotional. But when that pain stems from a broken heart, it’s often difficult to navigate your way around a sensitive teenager. Here are some tips for breaking the ice and strengthening the bond.

Do you remember your first heartbreak and how painful it was? Imagine your child going through the same emotions. No parent wants to see their child heartbroken. So how can you be supportive to your teen daughter or son when they come home crying after a failed relationship?

Educational psychologist Cara Blackie says parents often don’t realise that first heartbreaks or relationships involve a large emotional component. “Normally these relationships occur during early teenage years when teens don’t always want to talk to their parents about their feelings,” she explains. “They may be very secretive about the relationship to their parents. So talking to your teen about their emotions may be difficult already.”

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