Distraction is one of the biggest issues teens can face in this new stage.Is dating distracting your child from their homework, chores and even family life?Drew and her ex-husband Will have remained friendly since their divorce was finalized last year.Last Sunday, Drew took to Instagram to share a photo of her former husband holding their daughter Frankie on his shoulders while they participated in the Women's March."It's definitely alright to use them as a baseline whether it be good or bad, but if you compare your new partner to your ex for everything and still have them on your mind, you're not ready to be dating again and still have some healing to do! Even though you might be angry–not wistful–if your ex is constantly on your mind, it means you're not over them.It's unfair to the other person (and to you) to rush into something when you haven't let go of past feelings for a SO, even if those feelings aren't necessarily positive.
With the new energy that seems to surround us in spring, finding new ways to unleash your creative spirit will put you in an open-minded space.Once you're past the initial stages of a breakup—the crying, the Ben & Jerry's, the sad songs on repeat—there comes a point when you wonder what's next.How do you know when you're ready to start dating again?If the answer is yes, it may not be a good time to date until they’re older and can maturely balance these different facets of their life. Dating appropriately is certainly possible at this age, but there are some temptations they’ll face along the way.This is something we all have to face eventually; it’s simply a part of dating.