Parents often worry about their teenager’s choices. Dr. Ankenman explains that children’s central love life comes from their relationship with their parents. As they enter adolescence, children become more diffuse and begin to take love feelings from other places. This is a normal part of development, but the relationship with parents is still central to their feeling of being loved and being able to love. Even starting in the preschool years, children must learn to give love in order to develop a healthy emotional life. This ability to love others leads to better choices in adolescence and beyond.