Are Your Kids Guilting You into Staying Single?

Single moms: Who has the final say when your offspring hates your date?’s expert offers advice.

By Sherry Amatenstein, LMSW

These days Tina Talbot is the one aching. She is seriously considering breaking off her engagement to give her daughter more time (apparently five years isn’t enough) to adjust to the idea of sharing her mother. Talbot says wanly, "Hey, in three years Pam will be off to college. Hopefully Sam will think I’m worth waiting for."

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About Sherry Amatenstein

Sherry Amatenstein, LMSW, is the author of Love Lessons from Bad Breakups and Q&A Dating Book. She runs dating seminars around the country and does private coaching — not to help singles marry in 60 days, but to uncover their blocks. She has given relationship advice on the Early Show, Regis, Inside Edition, CBS News, VH1, BBC, and many other programs. Her philosophy is that the most important relationship you’ll ever have is with yourself.

Originally published on, October 2008.

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