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.
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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.
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
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