'The mother of my son is always meddling' - tips on dating while co-parenting

Dating a parent or dating as a parent can be very challenging.

Family and parenting coach Stephanie Dawson-Cosser has discussed some of the complexities involved in new relationships while co-parenting with exes.

Also read: Tips on how to do your best as a step parent

The age of the child or children can often play a key factor in how a parent navigates their dating and love life, Dawson-Cosser says.

She advises that there needs to be a balance between the new relationship and the relationship with the co-parent.

Dawson-Cosser argues that there must be boundaries around time for the current partner and for the ex to co-parent.

She says that new partners or step-parents also need to accommodate the space for co-parents to raise their kids.

Read more: 'It's not a competition' - How to avoid bad blood in blended families

We are always a parent.

Stephanie Dawson-Cosser, family and parenting coach

Although the parents have moved on individually, they are still forever connected because of the children.

Stephanie Dawson-Cosser, family and parenting coach

It's really key to create boundaries around time, for your relationship and for your ex in the parenting relationship.

Stephanie Dawson-Cosser, family and parenting coach

Callers also phoned in to share their diverse experiences.

I'm in a relationship with a woman who has a daughter, and I have a 1-year-old son. The mother of my son is always interfering... I'm fighting for the custody of the baby.

Karabo, caller

I truly regret it. I was with somebody who had been in a relationship with his baby's mother for like 10 years... He was still trying to figure out this whole dating thing, and co-parenting, and also mourn his relationship while being with me.

Andy, caller

There was a bit of a struggle between me and the baby mama.

Zanele, caller

I had one relationship where my daughter got very attached to the guy, and then he left. It was more traumatic for her than me.

Sharon, caller

Listen to the in-depth discussion on The Eusebius McKaiser Show:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'The mother of my son is always meddling' - tips on dating while co-parenting


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
"I'm 27, have 18 kids and 3 more on the way!" - meet sperm donor Kyle Gordy

"I'm 27, have 18 kids and 3 more on the way!" - meet sperm donor Kyle Gordy

Kyle became a sperm donor five years ago and, aside from expenses, donates his sperm for free.

'It's not a competition' - How to avoid bad blood in blended families

'It's not a competition' - How to avoid bad blood in blended families

Blended and step families have to manage various personalities and insecurities in order to make things work, a psychologist says.

'I hate my step-kids' - Advice for step families

'I hate my step-kids' - Advice for step families

Relationship coach, Dudu Nhlabathi helps you navigate the difficult terrain of step-parenting.

Creating a 'culture' is key to making blended families work, says psychologist

Creating a 'culture' is key to making blended families work, says psychologist

Clinical psychologist Jeanie Cave says blended families can be difficult to navigate and have unique dynamics and idiosyncrasies.

Tips on how to do your best as a step parent

Tips on how to do your best as a step parent

Clinical psychologist Jeanie Cave says step parents have good intentions but are frustrated because their role is not clear.

How to become a happy blended family

How to become a happy blended family

A look at dynamics of blended families and guardianship, with listeners sharing experiences and challenges of these new families.

How to deal with your partner's ex and make blended families work

How to deal with your partner's ex and make blended families work

Parenting expert Nikki Bush gives tips for forming a healthy blended family and advices on dealing with your partners ex.

5 tips to make blended families work

5 tips to make blended families work

Dr Schomer gives some guidelines to help blended families work out their growing pains and live together successfully.

Popular articles
Meet Woolies slayer Shannon McLaughlin, founder of Ubuntu Baba Baby Carrier

Meet Woolies slayer Shannon McLaughlin, founder of Ubuntu Baba Baby Carrier

Ray White interviews McLaughlin, about three months after she shot to fame for taking on the alleged copycat, Woolworths.

Foreigners rule informal trading (outcompeting even Shoprite). Consumers win!

Foreigners rule informal trading (outcompeting even Shoprite). Consumers win!

About 20% of every rand spent in South Africa goes to informal stores, mostly foreign-run. GG Alcock on his book “KasiNomics".

Land Party threatens country shutdown if King Dalindyebo not released

Land Party threatens country shutdown if King Dalindyebo not released

Gcobani Ndzongana takes issue with Clement Manyathela on The Xolani Gwala Show for referring to the monarch as convicted criminal