"Bear in mind," says Carole Brody Fleet, author of , "that the role reversal feels strange to your parent as well.
But they still need your reinforcement, just as you needed theirs when you first began to date." We posted the profile, and I briefed him on what to expect.
He'd pace back and forth on the carpet while I sat on the bed, his Mac on my lap, typing.
He felt embarrassed about posting a personal ad online.
I told him to respond specifically to elements in their profiles.Answer: Put your parent's happiness ahead of your own discomfort.Communicate to your parent that you want him or her to be fulfilled in every way, including romantically, and give them permission to go out and pursue that. Nobody should have to hear details about a parent's sex life, so if the dialogue ventures into territory you're uncomfortable with, say so.But that's precisely what I found myself doing last Christmas, when I was home for a visit.The worst part of it was, I couldn't even complain. In the first couple of years after my parents' divorce, I resisted the idea of their being with anyone but each other.