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Parents and Dating

Are you worried about the kind of people your child will date some day? Who he or she might marry? You have the power – right now – to influence those choices! Date your partner. Often, and explain to your kids why it’s important. Refuse to feel guilty for leaving them home, and for having a good time without them. You’ll make your family stronger, and your kids more resilient.

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2 thoughts on “Parents and Dating”

  1. What about parents without a partner dating? I basically gave up because I couldn’t juggle being there for my kids, emotionally and time-wise, and having 51 first dates. So I stopped dating until they left home. Now I’m old!!! Not sure I’d do it differently, though. I really enjoyed my time with my kids.

    1. This is an excellent question Susan. I often recommend that parents who are newly single spend only time when their kids are with the other parent for dating. This is because the first months (sometimes years) after a split cause so much emotional turmoil for everyone involved. But if you’ve dated someone in your “off” time for a long, stable relationship and are ready to introduce them to your family – dating still matters. Our kids will date. We want to be seen as a little knowledgeable in the field so that we can talk to them about it!

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