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Helping Youth Build Relationship Skills
Is life so busy you feel that you barely have time to connect with your spouse? It is so common for one or both partners in a relationship to feel overwhelmed by the busyness of their life. Busy schedules can lead to a feeling of disconnection and distance. Despite having a busy life, you can still have a loving, connected relationship! You just need to set aside intentional time for bonding activities for couples.
Community Partners New York State For partners in this effort, seek out those who offer workshops on relationship building or communication skills, such as local community centers, cultural centers, youth ministries, Planned Parenthood, and violence prevention groups. If you have a youth bureau or Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H program in your area, they may be able to refer you to local resources. ACT for Youth Highlight In this narrated presentation, Janis Whitlock provides an overview of the challenges and opportunities of emotional development in adolescence. Adolescence is a time to explore and develop emotional and social competence. On one hand teens are learning to perceive, assess, and manage their own emotions; on the other hand they are engaged in building their capacity to be sensitive and effective in relating to others: friends, family, and adults in their lives, as well as girlfriends and boyfriends. Healthy relationships require communication and intimacy skills; they also rely on individual characteristics such as emotional self-regulation, social confidence, and empathy. Often youth programs do not focus explicitly on promoting healthy relationships, but they may include activities that practice pro-social behaviors and communication skills.
Different people define relationships in different ways. But in order for a relationship to be healthy, it needs a few key ingredients!