And also, cutting yourself some slack for not necessarily being jazzed from the get-go about your parent joining the world of dating.distinct scenarios that commonly lead a parent back onto the market: Death and divorce.Both suck in their own unique way, for the children and parent, but understandably tend to illicit different responses.“As difficult as it is for children to heal and move on after one of their parents has passed away, they can more readily understand and embrace the idea that the surviving parent is trying to move on in the aftermath of their spouse’s death,” relationship therapist Jane Greer, Ph D, tells me.Greer says to avoid comments about a new date being nicer, better looking, or in any way superior to their other parent.But, if your dating parent just cannot, for the life of them, grasp the whole boundaries thing, focus on being clear and vocal whenever possible.
But based on conversations I’ve had with friends, colleagues, and random strangers on the Internet about the experience of parents dating, this overwhelming sense of it being “awkward” and “complicated” are themes that resonate nearly universally.
Talk to your teen about what a good relationship is.
While you may think your teen already knows how to date, they probably don’t.
A number of factors can explain this—particularly how long it’s been since the parents stopped being together.
“Time allows for healing to happen,” says psychotherapist Melissa Divaris Thompson, LMFT, adding that going to therapy and talking to friends can help you mentally prepare for your parent starting to move on, whenever that may be.
about the situation, I asked experts to share their tips on how to navigate the murky, uncharted waters.