Children dating relationships

09 May

While serving as bishop in a young single adult ward, I couldn’t help but notice how young people handled their emerging relationships.I was increasingly worried about those who approached dating with very little purpose, understanding, or direction.In all of this we felt that we needed to start early—long before our children began dating—and we wanted our experience to be filled with learning and teaching that were natural and hopefully fun.We fully understood, too, that we would be competing with the way the media portray relationships.If this seems to be the case it is important that you try not to take it personally.Most kids harbour a wish for their parents to get back together and the advent of a new partner can make this dream impossible to realise.

At the same time, it can be comforting to date another single parent.They might think that by being horrible to you, that you will go away and mum and dad will get back together. Don’t avoid opportunities to be with them and don’t try to buy their affections.Just be patient and they will eventually come to see you as a permanent feature in their parent’s life.Don’t force any relationships, even if you really want to be liked by your partner’s children.Give attention to your own kids and also spend time with your partner’s kids as the relationship develops.