I am 18 year-old girl from Dhaka, Uttara, Bangladesh. Last December, I visited my aunt`s place and reunited with my cousin after a couple of years. As we spent more time, we both fell in love with each other and have also graduated to physical intimacy. We don`t know how to break the news to our parents since they won`t accept this relationship what to do now?
Answer by Expert: Attraction is a normal, natural phenomenon, and at the same time, relationships have a more long-term meaning beyond attraction. Family support does have a very positive impact on any relationship, and so it`s important to keep in mind your family views as well. Eventually, a good relationship is best with the support of the family. Also, one needs to appreciate that when one is going beyond the social norms of the family, it`s something that needs to be given a long term perspective of consequences before one decides to move forward. Here, talking openly with family is important, what is also important is to give value to their opinions as it may help one see another perspective. I would also advise to give yourself time to be able to view this relationship from a long-term perspective and simultaneously do not lose focus from your academics as at this age you need to focus on building your life as well.