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Hey, Lifebabblers. Today we're talking about relationships.

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Whether you have a massive group of friends, a select few,

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or prefer being on your own, we all have people in our lives.

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But what exactly is a relationship?

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Relationships are the connections we make with other people.

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Some relationships will be a strong bond that we keep for life.

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And some will only last for a short time.

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And of course, some people have boyfriends and girlfriends.

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Romantic relationships.

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We can have relationships with people we don't always get on with.

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-Maybe it's a classmate or even a sibling.

-Oi!

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It's just an example.

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(It's not.)

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But the best relationships are the ones in which people work together,

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make each other happy and look out for each other.

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Every relationship is different,

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because every person is different.

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Like, if I'm struggling with some work, my mum will be like...

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Darling, want some help? How is it going? Is it too hard?

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- You want Mummy to have a go? - Mum, I can do it!

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And my dad will be like...

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Parle, you need to work faster. How complicated can it be?

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Look at that question properly

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- and do it faster. - OK, Dad, no pressure(!)

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We have different relationships

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but they're both supporting me in their own ways

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and I love them both for that.

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My little sister is my best friend. We are really close.

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I love the relationship I have with my aunt.

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She's super funny and she's always interested in what I have to say.

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My brother has always been my best friend.

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We make music together, laugh together about everything.

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That is a positive relationship.

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PHONE RINGS

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I think relationships are a good way to bond with each other

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and it's not all just about your family.

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It's about your friends who come to you when you're upset.

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They really help you think about the good stuff

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and not the bad stuff.

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A positive relationship is when both of you

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have each other's best interests at heart.

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Sometimes, this can be hard to recognise.

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In a positive relationship, you listen and are listened to.

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That doesn't mean that there aren't challenges and obstacles.

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The most important thing

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is that both of you are free and safe to be yourselves.

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Sometimes a relationship can make a person feel uncomfortable or uneasy.

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Whatever kind of relationships you have,

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make sure you respect each other's individual likes and needs.

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When someone's in a negative relationship,

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they may feel undermined, upset or bad about themselves.

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And tell someone straight away if a relationship's making you

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feel uncomfortable or putting you in danger.

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I had a school friend growing up

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that I knew for a really long time

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and as we grew up, we started to change quite a bit.

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I had a friend who always took jokes too far.

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To her, they seemed funny,

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but to me, they actually hurt my feelings.

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Because of this, we started to fight a lot.

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So one day, I'd had enough and I told her how I felt

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and she apologised and said to me

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that she didn't actually realise how hurtful they were,

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and ever since then, she stopped making those jokes.

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In the end we both apologised and decided just to accept

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each other's differences and be kinder to each other.

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PHONE RINGS

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I've been sort of thinking about getting in a relationship because,

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you know, all my friends are trying to get into one

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and been finding all these girls who they like and I've sort of realised

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that I'm not ready for it yet.

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It's important to know your boundaries.

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That doesn't mean building a wall around yourself -

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it just means knowing what is and isn't OK for you in a relationship.

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Like, some people love hugging their mates,

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and some people prefer a bit more personal space.

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And some people like a little bit of both.

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It's all about knowing your own mind,

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so you can recognise if someone's crossing a boundary

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and does something you are not OK with.

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That's all for this Lifebabble.

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Remember, there's loads more relationship info

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on the CBBC website.

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See you next time!

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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.