When parents begin dating

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Here are some tips: Wayne is the founder and executive director of Hope 4 Hurting Kids.

He is a happily married father of four kids with a passion for helping young people who are going through rough times.

Are they confident and able to take care of themselves? Do they look physically more mature than they are, emotionally?

"A 12-year-old who looks 16 isn’t ready to date someone who is 16," Anthony says.

Pay attention to how they respond when you start a conversation about dating.

"In my coaching practice, I suggest that single moms do the inside work to get really clear about their wants, needs, values and beliefs and get in touch with their intuition," says Kerri Zane, single-mom lifestyle expert and author of It Takes All 5: A Single Mom's Guide to Finding the Real One.“But if he’s so uncomfortable that he gets angry or shuts down or otherwise just can’t continue the conversation, that’s a big sign that he’s not ready for this.” If so, assure your child that there’s no hurry to start dating.Instead, if they answer your questions or seem eager to date, you can steer the conversation toward reassuring them that these feelings are normal. Are they just trying to keep up with their friends?For more on that, check out “How Can I Keep My Parents From Dating After Divorce?”Assuming you couldn’t stop them from dating, and most kids can not, you may be wondering what you can do to help make the situation easier or better.The more you talk to your kids about what it means to be in a healthy relationship, the more likely they are to experience that, whenever they start dating.

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