Guilt about dating
Tina Payne Bryson to discuss strategies to help single parents successfully navigate getting back into the dating world.
Why do single parents feel guilty when they do things for themselves, like dating? Bryson: Parents, in general, feel responsible for their kid’s happiness, and to some degree it’s healthy. Of course we want to do that as much as we can; but ultimately, we’re here to nurture our children and give them the experiences they need.
When you feel that, and you are responsible for both sides of parenting, your whole world becomes your child.
And anything you do for yourself feels like it takes away from their world. If we don’t give ourselves experiences that refuel us, adult activities that make us happy, it will be much harder to do the good work of parenting.
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To help make the transition from mommy or daddy to date, lover, boyfriend or girlfriend, stop thinking of yourself as just a parent, and start thinking of yourself as an attractive, devastatingly sexy single.
It is scientifically proven that women apologize more than men – and based on the people I know, I think it’s completely accurate.
I am constantly hearing my girl friends apologizing for things they don’t need to be apologizing for.
If you're still wearing a wedding ring, take it off now.
In fact, shed any rings that would convey the message that you're unavailable.