My girlfriend told me she loved me – after one week

DEAR DEIDRE: MY girlfriend told me she loved me – but we’ve only been together for a week.

I thought she only said it because she was tipsy, but she said it again when sober.

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We’re both 17 and this is a first relationship for both of us.

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It feels too soon. I know I don’t love her yet but I don’t want to hurt her by not saying it back.

What should I do?

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DEIDRE SAYS: Everyone feels things when they’re ready to.

Your girlfriend’s emotions are intense and she is going a bit fast, while you are taking your time.

Don’t lie to her. Tell her you really like her but don’t want to rush things.

If you show her how much you enjoy being with her, she should understand.

My support pack, Learning To Love, explains our emotional development and will help you both.

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