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Here at Love Smarts, we would like to share helpful information including personal stories of relationship successes and failures, insights from psychology and human experience about what leads to lasting love relationships.

We look forward to hearing from YOU which articles were meaningful and also about what you have learned from your own life experience, whether that was a top-of-the mountain joy or a relationship disaster!

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Sandy Bober shares her personal testimony about being raped in college, her infection with an STD and her struggles and ultimate victory to regain her self-esteem, healthy relationships and a successful marriage.

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Are Children Raised With Absent Fathers Worse Off?

May 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Isabel V. Sawhill - Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Courtesy of The Brookings Institution Why Kids Need Their Dads! URGENTLY NEEDED Conversations... Our culture values individual freedom about romantic choices and decisions to engage in sexual [...]

Testimony

“I learned about REAL LOVE…”

July 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Bayonne HS Student Responses to LoveSmarts Education

LoveSmarts Presenter Linda Doering: 11th – 12th-grade students participated in an anonymous presentations evaluation. These selected responses reflect the overall trend of student comments. None were negative:

Female Student Responses

  1. I liked how Ms. Linda explained how relationships could fail and how you can make them last. It helped me think twice about any decision I will make with my partner… I think LoveSmarts makes you think about the choices you’ll make in the future; you can prevent any regrets and reach for a healthy and respectful relationship. 11th
  2. I enjoyed learning about real love and how to know when that begins. The Activities and Presentations helped me look at my relationship with my partner to see if I’m on the right path. I think LoveSmarts allows people to point out flaws in themselves & their relationships and helps them strive for better. 11th
  3. LoveSmarts tells it as it is. I learned that there is no shame in being a virgin. Also many people regret about having sex before marriage. It helped me to clarify for me that getting my purity ring was more meaningful and to not get pressured by the people who make fun of me for having it. I think LoveSmarts is a good program for when people pressure you. Also, if you’re not […]

Teens Speak Out

April 20th, 2017|0 Comments

1. In your opinion, what are the key qualities of a healthy romantic relationship?

A healthy romantic relationship incorporates maturity. A lot of teens don’t understand that just because someone is older doesn’t necessarily mean they’re more mature. A good relationship starts with friendship as well as trust. Those are the two components that determine whether two people are truly compatible. Viewing one another as equals is an extremely important aspect in a romantic relationship to make ensure each partner’s voice is heard as well as understood.

2. Is it possible to be attracted to or even have strong feelings for someone who you really don’t know much about?

Yes, it is possible to be attracted to someone who keeps things hidden. It’s a part of human nature to be curious about one another. People often question others actions or try and decrypt a deeper meaning. Many teenagers fall in love with celebrities they’ve never met. The emotions they feel are a form of superficial love stemming from images, videos, sound recordings and overall an idea of what the person may be like. Not knowing someone very well allows room for an entire fantasy to fill in the blanks for reality causing a deeper attraction.

3. Why do you think some teens play games, use or manipulate romantic partners? Are they likely to have successful relationships when they get older?

Some teens may play games because they’ve been hurt by past partners. For fear of losing one person, they keep multiple partners around to satisfy […]

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