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Hey, Lifebabblers. Today we're talking about relationships.
Whether you have a massive group of friends, a select few,
or prefer being on your own, we all have people in our lives.
But what exactly is a relationship?
Relationships are the connections we make with other people.
Some relationships will be a strong bond that we keep for life.
And some will only last for a short time.
And of course, some people have boyfriends and girlfriends.
We can have relationships with people we don't always get on with.
-Maybe it's a classmate or even a sibling.
It's just an example.
But the best relationships are the ones in which people work together,
make each other happy and look out for each other.
Every relationship is different,
because every person is different.
Like, if I'm struggling with some work, my mum will be like...
Darling, want some help? How is it going? Is it too hard?
- You want Mummy to have a go? - Mum, I can do it!
And my dad will be like...
Parle, you need to work faster. How complicated can it be?
Look at that question properly
- and do it faster. - OK, Dad, no pressure(!)
We have different relationships
but they're both supporting me in their own ways
and I love them both for that.
My little sister is my best friend. We are really close.
I love the relationship I have with my aunt.
She's super funny and she's always interested in what I have to say.
My brother has always been my best friend.
We make music together, laugh together about everything.
That is a positive relationship.
I think relationships are a good way to bond with each other
and it's not all just about your family.
It's about your friends who come to you when you're upset.
They really help you think about the good stuff
and not the bad stuff.
A positive relationship is when both of you
have each other's best interests at heart.
Sometimes, this can be hard to recognise.
In a positive relationship, you listen and are listened to.
That doesn't mean that there aren't challenges and obstacles.
The most important thing
is that both of you are free and safe to be yourselves.
Sometimes a relationship can make a person feel uncomfortable or uneasy.
Whatever kind of relationships you have,
make sure you respect each other's individual likes and needs.
When someone's in a negative relationship,
they may feel undermined, upset or bad about themselves.
And tell someone straight away if a relationship's making you
feel uncomfortable or putting you in danger.
I had a school friend growing up
that I knew for a really long time
and as we grew up, we started to change quite a bit.
I had a friend who always took jokes too far.
To her, they seemed funny,
but to me, they actually hurt my feelings.
Because of this, we started to fight a lot.
So one day, I'd had enough and I told her how I felt
and she apologised and said to me
that she didn't actually realise how hurtful they were,
and ever since then, she stopped making those jokes.
In the end we both apologised and decided just to accept
each other's differences and be kinder to each other.
I've been sort of thinking about getting in a relationship because,
you know, all my friends are trying to get into one
and been finding all these girls who they like and I've sort of realised
that I'm not ready for it yet.
It's important to know your boundaries.
That doesn't mean building a wall around yourself -
it just means knowing what is and isn't OK for you in a relationship.
Like, some people love hugging their mates,
and some people prefer a bit more personal space.
And some people like a little bit of both.
It's all about knowing your own mind,
so you can recognise if someone's crossing a boundary
and does something you are not OK with.
That's all for this Lifebabble.
Remember, there's loads more relationship info
on the CBBC website.
See you next time!
The Lifebabble team talk about relationships, from friends to family members - everyone has people in their lives. The team talk about positive and not-so-positive relationships, with Saima looking at relationship boundaries. Dr Aaron provides advice.