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There are many different kinds of relationships – those with your family or whānau, with your friends at school or through clubs and activities. Then there are special relationships with a particular person.
You can still be friends when you have a relationship, but it does change when sexual attraction comes into it. You may find yourself wanting to be near someone and thinking about them a lot. These relationships have the potential for intimacy – both sexual and emotional.
The major difference between friendships and relationships is that you each find each other sexually attractive. You have choices and decisions to make in your friendships and relationships. It is important that you think about and decide what is important to you – before you get into a special friendship or relationship.
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You will probably have a few relationships in your life. You might have some great relationships and some disappointments. There will be crushes, first kisses and break ups. But mostly they should be fun and enjoyable what ever type of relationship you choose to be in.
There can be a lot of pressure from friends, peers and the media to be in relationship but you don’t have to be in any relationship or pretend to like anyone. It’s ok to be single.