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What parents can do to ease the sting of teen heartbreak, before it happens

Nov 06, 2018 - Washington Post Blogs

When I think back to my first heartbreak of world-ending proportions at age 17, it's not the feeling of getting dumped that stayed with me through the years, but my mom's reaction to the breakup.

It went something along the lines of: "Erinne, you're 17. You'll never remember this. He's a jerk. Move on."

At the time, I wasn't sure how to process her reaction. Was she right? Was I overreacting as I hyperventilated to love songs on the radio? The sadness I felt was not validated by some...