Building Relationship Skills

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Relationship Advice

We create numerous relationships throughout our lives: friendships, family relationships, romantic relationships, professional relationships and many more. Because each one can be so strikingly different, it's reasonable to expect that you'll need some advice once in awhile to keep them running smoothly. Use the resources in this Web guide for advice about building and maintaining strong relationships, and even for suggestions about how to cope when a particular relationship is over. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here.

Building Relationship Skills

The Web sites included in this section provide a basic overview of relationships, including the types of relationships in which people engage, the communication tools necessary for good relationships and personal characteristics you can work on to help improve your relationships with others.

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  • If there’s a particular relationship advice column or relationship advice Web site you enjoy reading, see if it has a newsletter you can subscribe to and get advice sent straight to your e-mail.
  • The seriousness of some relationship problems may require a more personal and professional source of advice. See our findingDulcinea Therapy Web Guide for more information about where to find a qualified therapist.

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Dating Advice

The dating world certainly doesn't come with any specific rules, but that doesn’t mean there isn't some sound advice out there. Use the Web sites in this section to read about everything from finding the right person to learning how to cope if a relationship ends.

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  • If you're in college (or even if you aren't), many schools have counseling services with Web sites that contain a great deal of information about relationships. As students, you have the benefit of both the online information and in-person counseling services on campus.
  • Thinking about online dating? Our findingDulcinea Dating Web Guide offers recommendations for the best online dating Web sites and tips for safe Internet dating.

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Marriage Advice

Marriage advice can benefit couples having problems or those who want to head off potential relationship difficulties before they occur. The Web sites in this section offer ideas on how to strengthen a marriage and how to find marriage counseling, in case your relationship needs an outside perspective.

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  • The anonymity of blogs and forums makes them safe places for self-expression, and they can help you explore common problems that other couples have experienced. But because they are open sources, anyone can contribute to or read the discussion; don't give away sensitive or identifying information in these public venues.

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Relationship Advice for Kids and Teens

The Web sites in this section offer relationship advice geared specifically to kids and teenagers.  Check here if you're having problems understanding the adults in your life, if you have questions about relationships at school or if you just need help understanding the emotions you're experiencing in a particular relationship.

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  • The great thing about the Internet is that it offers you privacy when you're trying to find advice. Sometimes, though, there are problems (such as cases of abuse) where you'll be much better off talking to a professional for help. Boys Town National Hotline is a service that provides both girls and boys with someone to talk to.
  • Popular magazines like Girls' Life and Seventeen have message boards and forums to submit advice requests online. 
  • Internet safety is very important. If you ask questions on a Web site message board, choose a nickname and don't give too many details about yourself online to protect your identity.

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Relationship Advice for Parents

Parent-child relationships must evolve as children grow and change. The Web sites in this section talk about different types of parent-child relationships and how to continually nurture them as your child matures and develops.

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  • Don't be afraid to browse the Web sites included in the "Relationship Advice for Kids" section of this guide. The sites might be aimed at children, but they could still provide useful insight into what a child may be thinking or feeling.
  • Blogs can be another great place to read the experiences of other parents. See our findingDulcinea Blogs Web Guide for tips on how to find a good blog to read.

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Relationship Advice Columnists and Public Personalities

There are advice columnists and television personalities from whom we've sought advice for years, and they've shared their words of wisdom on the Internet. We've found some of the most popular individuals and included their Web sites in this section.

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  • If you've got a favorite advice columnist or other journalist, you may be able to find their column online using uExpress.com.
  • Often, Web sites from these columnists or television personalities have free message boards for readers to use. If you're comfortable discussing your questions with others, this may provide a great way to do so.

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