Dating a widower with teenage children
Studies also reveal that the degree of happiness in the relationship can affect how soon a person feels comfortable dating or falling in love again.
A widowed partner who comes from a mutually satisfying relationship tends to take longer to find love.
That person knows what it takes to sustain fulfillment and growth.
Losing a spouse is difficult enough, and when grown children cannot accept parental dating and new love, the surviving spouse feels as though he or she is losing the entire family.
The bad news is that the surviving spouse should heed the family’s warnings.
The good news is that the surviving spouse should NOT heed the family’s warnings. That spouse should begin by valuing all input—but also keeping an eye on why the children are not supportive.
Children, especially grown ones, might have difficulty “changing emotional gears.” They might not be able to imagine anyone else living in the family home or kissing the parent.