Tips for When Your Widowed Parent Begins to Date

October 8, 2014 6:03 PM

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Tips for When Your Widowed Parent Begins to Date

Remember how much you cared whether your parents liked your high school boyfriend or girlfriend? That is exactly how much your widowed parent (and his or her significant other) care whether or not you approve of their relationship--not at all. This can be a difficult truth when you've lost one parent, and feel your surviving parent pulling away from the family into a new relationship, but remind yourself that we each deserve to seek our own happiness. Parents of young children exist in the child's mind only to fulfill the child's wants and whims, and it is an important and crucial step as an adult to recognize your parent as a fellow adult with his or her own joys and sorrows, needs and wants.

Your parent may go through drastic changes throughout the dating process. Remember that your parent is trying to rediscover who he or she is. Your dad has been defined throughout your whole life through marriage to your mother, as father to you. Imagine how nerve-wracking and terrifying it must be t...

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