2. Loving support is the best medicine. It is important now that they gain the skills to overcome these heartaches that will be a part of life. If you try to “fix it,” they will lose the opportunity to gain vital coping skills.
3. Remember your teen is not you. He or she lacks the years of experience that you have. For them, the end of this relationship is the end of the world. The moment of their break-up is not the time to tell them that there are plenty of fish in the sea.
4. Give them the space to share with you if they want, and do not push it if they do not. Do not be judgmental and do not feel the need to have an answer.
You can expect your teen to be sad following the break-up. Mostly likely they will spend more time in their room crying, without much appetite or inclination to engage in their usual activities. Typically, they should come out of this after a couple of weeks. If you see any of the following symptoms for more than two weeks, it is best to seek professional help:
Isolation from friends and normal activity
Irritability and anger
Physical pain, especially headaches or stomach aches
Change in sleeping and/or eating habits
Inability to focus in school, change in classroom behavior, and failing to complete homework or tests
In summary, it is important to be there for your teen and remain vigilant, but also trust them to be resourceful enough to deal with their first breakup and come out of the mourning period stronger and better equipped to deal with life challenges.