Dating 4 parents
Use our parenting tips to teach your children to have better manners, habits, and behaviors.
Keep your relationships with your partner and friends strong after having kids.
It might be informal and private, or it might be a public affair involving family or community approval.
In most cases, it involves a commitment to an exclusive relationship with the other person to make this decision.
Truth is, you can't know what's best for you until that baby is in your arms.
Some couples will introduce each other to the important people in their life: parents, family, friends, mentors, spiritual community, etc. Some couples will try living together (the pros and cons of doing this are an entirely different blog post, and we are looking for someone to write intelligently about this so if you are interested in doing this, please let us know).
Some couples find it helpful to go to pre-engagement counselling. If you are in a courtship, you should be asking yourself, “What do I need to know about her and what does she need to know about me to be able to make this decision about marriage?
We have helpful advice on coping with separation or divorce. You know they can be dangerous for your family, but you may not know all the ways they enter your body, or -- most important -- how you can limit your exposure. Whether you're a parent who's divorced, widowed, or tying the knot for the first time, finding special ways to include your kids in your wedding will make them feel even more excited about their new family status.
We also have all the details on adoption: the process, cost, and expectations. We all think we're raising our children to be good people.