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How to Tell If the Relationship Is Becoming More Intimate

Talking openly with your teen about her relationship is one of the best ways to stay in touch with the stage of your child's relationship—and also with the likelihood of physical intimacy. Other signs that your child is progressing to a sexual relationship (or is already involved in a sexual relationship) may include:
  • Desiring more privacy and space, particularly in her bedroom (which might be where she keeps birth control or other items she may not want you to find)
  • Asking for more freedom with her curfew and nightly activities
  • Experiencing mood swings that she can't fully explain, especially if these relate to time spent with her significant other
Excerpted from Talking to Your Kids About Sex by Dr. Laura Berman. Copyright ?? 2009 by Dr. Laura Berman. Excerpted by permission of DK Publishing. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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