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Ask Dr. Tseday: May 3, 2009

GT from Chino Hills, CA asks: I met a guy two weeks ago and he’s real great. He’s established, funny, and sporty. I decided not to date him anymore only because I don’t want to get serious with a guy who has children. I’m not looking for an “instant family.” My friends think I’m making a big mistake. Do you think it’s a good-enough reason to break-up?

Dr. Tseday responds: Don’t take your son to a prison. First of all, it’s not your son’s responsibility to lift up an adult’s spirit. Second, your son does not benefit from learning about the criminal behaviors adults engage in in order to end up in prison. His mind and spirit should be kept pure for as long as possible. Third, why would you want to introduce your son to a criminal? Fourth, your son ought not to know that prison is within reach and that there’s nothing scary about being there, since his uncle was there once.

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Dr. Tseday is a clinical psychologist and one of the country's leading experts in marriage, relationships, and self development. She advocates a unique and at times controversial approach to the dynamics of marriage and personal development, the necessary element for a successful relationship. Read more »

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