"This is a great opportunity for us to help our parents and educate them." But there is a limit.Dahl admits he didn't advise his mother on what to post.Perfect founder and CEO Duane Dahl, 46, put his enterprise to the ultimate test when he helped his own mother, who is in her late 60s, enroll in his service.
If a new boyfriend or girlfriend is now in the picture, says Kaiser, it's important for the child to spend time with that person, "to develop their own relationship." She recommends activities that both can enjoy, such as attending a sporting event together.Kaiser says she often counsels parents and children on working through issues that arise when a parent begins dating online.One of her clients hacked into his mother's e-mail account and, posing as her, sent rejections to potential suitors." "It's like the children try to take on the role of the parent," says Kaiser.
For some children, this new role can mean supporting and encouraging a parent who is dating online, rather than throwing up roadblocks. Anderson had reason to believe in e Harmony, having used the service to find his wife, Tracy, whom he married in 2005.When Eunice Webb, a 73-year-old widow and retired teacher in New Prague, Minnesota, grew lonely and contemplated buying a dog for company, her son, Todd Anderson, suggested she get a man instead. "When it came to my mother, I had absolutely no reservation. Keep details to yourself Still, says Kaiser, for many grown children, having a parent suddenly jump into the dating pool -- and a virtual one at that -- is a shock, especially if the parent begins dating numerous people, and perhaps having sex with new partners.