Advice for dating parents

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We are, both as people and as parents, many and varied.Single, widowed, divorced, separated, LGBT, from teenagers to retired citizens, dating in Ireland is something that seems to be evolving along with social roles.Dating doesn’t always go as you expect; your child may need someone to come to if they have a problem.You need to keep the lines of communication open and also reiterate to them how they should treat people and expect to be treated in a relationship. And yet many of us parents have braved possible rejection or disappointment in the quest for love and romance.There has emerged in the last decade a ‘hookup’ culture, not just in Ireland but internationally.

The summer is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy group activities where you can make new friends, for example, running has become a huge fitness phenomenon, and there are all sorts of races to sign up for around the country.

When it comes time to meet your teen’s date, be kind and respectful.

While you may want to give a lecture on the rules; their date is not the one you should be talking to.

Here are some clues that your child’s relationship may be in trouble.

It may be hard to see your child growing up and finding new people to get close to, but if you take the right steps and teach them how relationships are supposed to be, they’re much more likely to make the right choices.

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