If you’re divorced, or have ended a long-term relationship, well-meaning relatives and friends may encourage you to start dating again soon.
But how will you know when you're ready for a new relationship?
For some people, that happens before they move out.
Others are still emotionally married after the divorce is final.” Dena Roché started dating while waiting for her divorce papers to come through.
“I also saw that my ex wasn't the only guy who would want to be with me.
Give yourself “a little time to think, a little time to grieve, a little opportunity to find someone else,” Sills says.
If you're still thinking about what your ex is doing or whom he's dating, you're too distracted to begin a healthy relationship.
“When you drop off the kids at school, there might be a single person there, but you don't know them.” Some single parents don't date because they're worried about the effect it may have on their children.
You don't let your children make other decisions for you, so don't let them keep you from dating if that’s something you want to do. “Do a very slow introduction of a new partner,” Sills says.