Single-Mom-Dating-with-a-Teen-Son-MainPhotoUPDATED August 1st, 2016

“Mom, I’ve known my best friend longer than I’ve known any of your boyfriends!”

This was a direct quote from my then 9-year-old son on the heels of a breakup. Ouch! It sounds worse than it was. It was my second long-term boyfriend (count ‘em – two) as a single mom, and both had been multi-year relationships. Nevertheless, it opened up an opportunity to talk with my son about dating and relationships. (Another quotable moment from my son was, “Mommy, what’s sex?” upon hearing the Salt-n-Pepa song, “Let’s Talk About Sex!” when he was 3!—but that’s another story…)