“This even upsets kids who are already out of the nest.
The message their parents are sending is that it is more important for them to have a life of their choosing than to remain in their prior, primary role of mom or dad.” The result: strained relations, uncomfortable moments for everyone and, for you, the feeling that your children may not have your best interests at heart.
You know your child best, so look at some of our ideas for starting these conversations and think about how you would adapt them for your child’s age, maturity, and personality.
Doubts might creep in about our own ability to have a happily ever after or even just a long-term commitment.
Barbara Brooks expected her adult kids, Amy and Bryan (names have been changed), to be happy for her.
After all, they were the ones who had fixed her up with Gerald, a fellow divorcé and a friend’s uncle, because they didn’t want her to be lonely.
Talking with your kids about healthy relationships is such an important part of preventing dating violence, and by being proactive and starting this conversation early, you can have a huge impact on how your child approaches all of his or her relationships.
Often it’s tempting to wait to talk about these tough issues until our kids bring them up.