That's a toughie. It doesn't matter when the rest of the world is okay with it. What matters to your daughter is when she is okay with it. You need to weight the necessity of your daughters approval against the need of your own happiness. A long sit down talk with her might help sort things out. <br />
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Variables that need defining: How long was your wife ill, and how long did both of you have to prepare for her passing? What kind of relationship is your daughter in right now? How close are you and your daughter? What does the extended family think?

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Ask her for her thoughts on it. Explain yours. Have a talk.

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When you are ready. Your daughter is a grown woman, she should understasnd that you need a companion.<br />
You do not need her permission.

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whenever you are actually ready to plunge into the dating world.

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I agree, it's not your daughters business if/when you start dating again (if ever). First you need to be ready. It also depends on what you mean by "dating." If it's just 2 friends having some fun together it's one thing. If, on the other hand, it is getting serious enough that you are referring to her as "your girlfriend" then you do need to talk to your daughter and explain to her what's going on (how much detail you share depends on your relationship with your daughter, for example you may, or may not want to share if you are having sex.) She is your daughter and deserves to hear from you what is going on. It may take a while for your daughter to accept anyone you are with but be patient with her.

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