Single parents who are dating or want to begin a dating relationship wonder, How will dating affect my children and my parenting? They probably have figured out that "dating in a crowd" is complicated. Now they're looking for help. Ron Deal, who has counseled single parents and remarried couples for many years, helps single parents--as well as those who date them--navigate the potential pitfalls involved. He gives perspective on when a relationship may be harmful to the children as well as how it can be a blessing to all. Always at the forefront is the goal of strengthening families. Includes questions for individual or group study.
When children are involved, dating gets complicated. Ron Deal gives single parents--as well as those who date them--expert advice on
• How to determine if you and the kids are really ready for dating, deal with kids' fears, and recognize red lights in a relationship.
• What to expect when dating a single parent and when to start spending time with the kids.
• Things to consider before getting engaged and how to prepare for life as a stepfamily.
Let Ron Deal guide you through the emotional ups and downs of dating with kids. Includes a free online relationship checkup and questions for individual or group study.
"This book will help you see beyond the tingly feelings to determine if a dating partner will help you form a healthy family."
--from the foreword by Dr. Dennis Rainey, President, FamilyLife
"In Dating and the Single Parent, Ron Deal points out the common pitfalls and gives wise counsel in how to navigate the waters. I highly recommend it."
--Gary Chapman, PhD, author, The Five Love Languages
"You can trust Ron Deal to shoot straight with you about kids, dating, and finding lasting love."
--Dr. Kevin Leman, New York Times bestselling author of Have a New Kid by Friday