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“She may feel her dad prefers the ‘other’ woman to both her mom and herself,” Lieberman says. Itamar Salamon, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.“Children, even when they’re grown, get attached to being important in their single parents’ lives, and they resent it when someone gets between them and the parent.” (MORE: How to Tell Your Adult Children You’re Divorcing) On top of the emotional reaction, Salamon says, adult children may also have anxiety about their parent’s ability to help out financially, as well as their own anticipated inheritance, which creates resistance to the prospect of their parents partnering up.
(MORE: Make Your Wishes Known Through End-of-Life Planning) As annoying as grown children’s objections to your new love might be, Lieberman brings up an important point: Children’s feelings are important to acknowledge and address — and sometimes they can even be instructive.
Sometimes there are psychological reasons for an adult child resisting a parent’s new love life.
For instance, a young woman may be especially sensitive when her father forms a serious new relationship.
Maybe they’ll get less than they might have if I hadn’t remarried, but there’s plenty to go around.” (MORE: The 6 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Your Adult Child) When Children Have a Significant Other According to Lieberman, tensions can be exacerbated when your child has his own partner.
Anne Keller had such an experience when she remarried at age 56, five years after being widowed.