The prospect of your teen starting to date is naturally unnerving. It's easy to fear your child getting hurt, getting in over their head, being manipulated or heartbroken , and especially, growing up and leaving the nest. But as uncomfortable or scary as it may feel to consider your child with a romantic life, remember that this is a normal, healthy, and necessary part of any young adult's emotional development. But what exactly does teen dating even look like these days? The general idea may be the same as it's always been, but the way teens date has changed quite a bit from just a decade or so ago.
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We're assuming you and your partner have talked about having a family, at least generally, before you up and decided it was baby time. But it's time to get specific. We chatted with relationship experts to find out the most important topics to talk about as a couple before you embark on the biggest adventure of your lives: parenthood. There's no right or wrong answer, but it's essential to be on the same page about what you value, how you've already grown as a couple and why you both feel that it's baby time. Psst: Is one of you on the fence about a baby? Check out our article about how to handle that discussion. Terri Orbuch , relationship expert and author of 5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage from Good to Great suggests that you talk about each of your expectations once the baby arrives , covering everything from dividing up responsibilities to how dynamics will change.
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Dating a single parent isn't right for everyone and it isn't something to enter into lightly. No matter how much chemistry you share or how much you both value your relationship, there will be times when the kids interrupt, take precedence over your relationship, and require the devoted attention of their parent. You'll plan a special outing and— boom —someone gets sick. Or you'll have a long day and just want to unwind, only to find the kids ramped up and rowdy.
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