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Disagreements can put strains on relationships.

Different Kinds of Relationships - Age 11-14

Relationships of all kinds are an important part of life. PSHE students in KS3 look at several different kinds of these and the factors which can affect them in a negative way. In this quiz, written for children in years 7, 8 and 9, we look at this topic and advise on how to handle problems which may arise.

There are many different kinds of relationships: colleagues, acquaintances, friends, family and romantic partners. Some of these are more important than others, but all have their own characteristics, expected behaviours, and potential difficulties.

In this quiz we pose some real-life problems and challenge you to choose the correct course of action to maintain healthy relationships in your life.

James and Kevin have been told to do a class project together. However, Kevin is of little help and James is left to do all of the work. What should James do?
Keep quiet and do all the work
Speak to Kevin about the problem
Tell the teacher that Kevin is not helping
Let the project fail as Kevin deserves it
If Kevin is struggling then he may need help – it is a team project after all. But if Kevin is being lazy then there is a problem. The first thing James should do is talk to Kevin to find out what is going on
Jane’s parents are divorced and she lives with her mum. Her mum’s boyfriend does not get on with Jane. What should Jane do first?
Talk to her mother about it
That depends on the family
Talk to her father about it
Talk to her mum’s boyfriend about it
In most families the best thing to do is to talk to her mum. She may not be aware of the problem so needs to be told before she can address the issue.
It is wiser to talk to her mum before her dad as that might cause other problems. Of course, every family is different and in some cases talking to the mother might not be wise. If that is the case then Jane can always tell her teacher
Lisa shared a personal secret with her friend Fiona. Then Fiona told others and now everyone seems to know. How should Lisa deal with Fiona?
Tell her how she feels betrayed
End the friendship
Stay friends but never tell Fiona any secrets again
Any of the above
This one depends on how close Fiona and Lisa are. Fiona may regret what she has done (if so, Lisa might be able to forgive her), or she may be revelling in the hurt she has caused
Leah and Daisy have been friends for a long time. Daisy has taken up smoking and encourages Leah to do the same. Despite Leah’s refusals, Daisy keeps trying to make her smoke and calls her names because she will not. What should Leah do?
Stop being Daisy’s friend
Tell Daisy’s parents that she smokes
Take up smoking
Call Daisy names in retaliation
Friends do not try to force us to do anything we do not want. Neither do they call us names. The best thing Leah can do is to cut all ties with Daisy
Wendy is made to sit beside Helen in her English classes. However, Helen and Wendy do not get on. What should Wendy do?
Ask to sit elsewhere
Try to get on with Helen
Spread gossip about Helen
Try to get Helen into trouble
Throughout our lives we will have to work with people we don’t particularly like. This cannot be helped. Just remain civil and try your best to get along.
Obviously, if the person is bullying us or otherwise being unpleasant then we should tell someone (preferably the teacher) about it
13-year-old Carol has fallen in love with her classmate Mark who feels exactly the same way. How much time should they spend together?
A few hours a week
A few hours a day
All their spare time
As much as their parents allow
First love can be overwhelmingly emotional and it is hard to control your emotions. You will want to spend as much time as you can with your girlfriend / boyfriend but this is not healthy. You do not want to neglect your family or your friends.
It may seem that your parents are being killjoys but they really do have your best interests at heart. So follow their guidance when it comes to the amount of time you spend with your love
Richard has fallen in love with his friend Georgina. However, she sees him only as a friend. Which of these should Richard not do?
Feel sad
Move on and date other girls
Blame Georgina for leading him on
Focus on something else, like studies or a hobby
Falling in love with someone who does not feel the same is more common than you might think. It is an emotional experience and is bound to make us feel sad. The best way to deal with it is to move on and to find other interests.
We can’t help who we fall in love with so Richard should not blame Georgina for her feelings
Michael and Stephen have been friends for a long time. Now they are getting older they are forming their opinions. They disagree on a controversial issue which they both feel passionately about. If they want to remain friends, which option is best?
Argue about the issue
Have a debate about the issue
Agree not to talk about that issue
Ignore one another’s comments on the issue
Differences of opinion can put a major strain on friendships. Sometimes it comes down to this: which is more important to you – the opinion or the friend?
No one should have to change their opinions to please others so agreeing to differ and to not talk about disagreements is the wisest course of action
David’s friend, Jan, is going through a hard time. She tells him all of her problems constantly but never listens to his which is starting to annoy him. What should David do?
Tell Jane, in a nice way, how he feels
Tell Jane to stop moaning all the time
Stop talking to Jane
Carry on listening to Jane’s problems
Having someone with whom we can share our problems is one of the best things about friendships. However, this should be a two-sided thing and not just one way.
Jane is harming the friendship so, before too much damage is done, David should let her know
Simon is furious with his father who has confiscated his phone. He feels that this is unfair and wants to tell his father that. When should he tell him?
Immediately, while the issue is still relevant
When the punishment is over and he gets his phone back
Later, when he and his father have calmed down
He should never tell his father
Communication is essential if we want to get on. Perhaps Simon is right, or maybe not – we do not know what he has done to deserve the punishment.
Talking productively requires both sides to remain calm so Simon should wait until he and his father are calm and then ask to speak about it in a rational way
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - Relationships

Author:  Graeme Haw

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