While it’s natural for us as parents to want to date, it is really important to understand how our teenagers may feel about that. It is a great idea to be sensitive to our kids’ feelings and make our decisions from there.
They may not want any part of our significant other, which is the most common. On the other hand, they make like them and be all for the relationship.
The important thing is to protect your time with your kids so you have your own time with them where your significant other is doing their own thing. If your kids want to hang out with them that’s cool, but what ever you do, just don’t force it.
Be very choosey who you decide to have close to your kids! And I say this because as much as we’d like to not make mistakes in this area, it’s easy to do. There are plenty of people who conceal who they really are to hook people into their lives. It’s sick….and it happens all the time. It’s happened to me, so I say this with a lot of empathy for those who got fooled like I did. Just be careful and trust your gut.
Our teenagers my really not like the fact their parents are dating at all. Ask yourself, “Would this be better for me to do once they are out of the house? Will my patience in this area spare us all a lot of heartache?”
Being a parent is hard. We have to do what’s right for our kids regardless of how we feel about it. Now, that doesn’t mean we put ourselves on a shelf until they don’t live in our house anymore! What it does mean is we need to be very thoughtful about how our actions may affect them.
Studies have shown that kids who don’t live at home could really care less about us dating. Those studies have also shown they really do care when they live at home because it affects them so much more. It’s more drama they have to deal with. It’s more relationships that need their attention and sometimes they’re stress level is already maxed out.
Hope this video helps 🙂 Thanks for being such a great parent!