Your teen has announced they are "going out" with someone for the first time. First, take a deep breath. It was going to happen eventually. Romantic relationships are a normal part of adolescent development, even if you feel unprepared for this moment. Jenna Glover, PhD , a child psychologist at Children's Hospital Colorado, provides some guidance to help parents navigate teens and dating.
Wait for them to come to you. The advice came from my dear friend Jennifer, who has a stepfamily of her own and understands that it takes time and patience to blend and bond. I was nervous. Scared, in fact, of two girls, ages 8 and
Sometimes you meet someone and can just tell right away that they're going to absolutely turn your world upside down and inside out Eric was everything I wanted and more: handsome, intelligent, funny, and passionate. But like everything that seems too good to be true, he came with a big catch: His ex-girlfriend had just had their baby a few months before he and I met. Although I grew up with single parents, I had no idea just how complicated, exhausting, and stressful it is to raise a child, never mind attempt a relationship with someone at the same time.
Adjusting to life with a girlfriend is often a difficult task, involving compromise, planning and taking the feelings of your girlfriend into consideration for every decision that you make. If your girlfriend has children, you also need to consider the thoughts and feelings of her children -- and your role in their lives. One major difference between single-life and life with children is the amount of daily planning and preparation children involve. When dating someone without children, you may have spur of the moment dates, take impromptu trips out of town and stay up late at night. Depending on your girlfriend's custody arrangement and age of her children, you may have to plan out your dates days -- or even weeks -- in advance.