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4. You’re hanging with someone who has feelings much stronger than yours and is pushing you for greater
involvement. You like them, but not the same way they are into you.
Ask if there are other reasons why a teen couple should break up.
Present some common reasons for breaking up: (PP)
The biggest reason people break up is because feelings change. After those
love chemicals settle down a bit and you see the person more clearly—and
as you learn more about their character, personality, interests, and values—
you may decide that you really don’t fit.
Breaking up doesn’t necessarily mean you or the other person is bad—you
may just not be right for each other.
You may have discovered some troubling behaviors, like difficulty handling anger or problems with drug or
alcohol abuse.
And another common reason is even when two people like each other, one may simply not be ready for that
level of involvement. They may want to experience other people and places.
The teen and young adulthood years are a time of figuring out yourself, where you are going, and
discovering which friends and partners fit with you.
Deciding to leave sex out of your teen relationships may make it easier to break up and learn from those experiences.
Begin this activity with a quick brainstorm. Ask the group to identify the worst ways they’ve seen
people break up among people at school or elsewhere. As they offer examples, ask them to describe
how that feels to the person on the receiving end.
(PP) Brainstorm before advancing the bullets on the PowerPoint slide.
Do it through a text.
Get a friend to tell them.
Don’t say anything but let it be known through your social media.
Send a photo/video of you and someone else.
Common Reasons
Better and Worse Ways to Break Up
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