We Hit It Off, But Then There Was a Decline. Should I Give It A Shot?

Dr. Wendy Walsh

Written by: Dr. Wendy Walsh

Dr. Wendy Walsh

Dr. Wendy Walsh is the author of "The 30-Day Love Detox"" (April 2013).

Edited by: Lillian Castro

Lillian Castro

Lillian Guevara-Castro brings more than 30 years of journalism experience to ensure DatingAdvice articles have been edited for overall clarity, accuracy, and reader engagement. She has worked at The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, The Gwinnett Daily News, and The Gainesville Sun covering lifestyle topics.

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Reader Question:

There is this guy I knew when I was in middle and high school. We started talking again about two years ago (10 years had passed). I found out his wife committed suicide and left him alone with his children.

We seemed to hit it off, but then there was a decline. I went back and forth to see him a few times, but I believe there was a strain as we live in different states.

We stopped talking for about a month or two. Now he has revealed to me he was thinking about a relationship with me but wasn’t sure.

Should I give it a shot?

-Ann (New Jersey)

Dr. Wendy Walsh’s Answer:

Dear Ann,

You should give it a shot only if you are ready to have a relationship with his children, too.

Dating parents is a very serious business. And, frankly, the kids’ emotional health is the most important thing here.

If your heart is big enough to embrace this widower and his grieving children, then I say go for it.

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