“All of a sudden, she found this man, and now it seems like he’s the center of her world. He’s running her entire life. How do we know he isn’t a con artist taking advantage of the situation?”
We’ve heard comments like that more than once from concerned adult children. And it can be quite alarming when a parent who hasn’t been single or dating in decades suddenly finds themselves in the heat of a new relationship.
What can you do?
Don’t Parent Them
To start, stop parenting them. If they are capable adults that can live and make decisions on their own, they have a right to their own freedoms. Remember when you were a teenager? Your parents were consistently asking you questions such as:
- Who are you going out with?
- Where are you going?
- Who will be there?
- What time will you be home?
How did those questions make you feel? [Read more…]