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Email of the Day: I’m Glad I Didn’t Date After My Divorce

By Dr. Laura on May, 31 2023
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I got divorced when my children were in elementary school. You and my pastor’s wife were the only ones saying not to date until the kids were 18. I was one of those women who tended to be a little “guy crazy,” so although I did listen, it was extremely hard for me. I put aside the romance novel ideas and invested in my three kids. It was the best advice ever! I can’t stress enough how often I think I am so glad I waited.



All of my children have grown to be young adults full of character. I’m proud of them all. They have great hearts to serve others, and they are strong people.


I am thankful I was able to be there for them during their years of growing up, and not trying to deal with all the adjustments of a new marriage. Please keep telling parents not to remarry when they have minor children. I know I do. It is not what they hear from TV commercials, movies, songs on the radio or well-meaning friends and family.


As for me, I started dating when my children were adults. Thanks again for your advice, and I know my kids thank you, too.



I’m Glad I Didn’t Date After My Divorce


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