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Dating, family and discrimination

Sometimes parents and caregivers may have different opinions on dating and who you want to date.

Parents and caregivers may also discriminate against your partner because of their discriminatory attitudes and beliefs.

Dealing with your parent’s or caregivers’ discrimination can make dating difficult, stressful and confusing. It can also make life at home really tense.

If you and your parents or caregivers disagree about dating, try to have a calm discussion and be willing to compromise. Sometimes, parents’ and caregivers’ rules about dating are about keeping you safe. 

If your parents or caregivers are opposed to your partner because of their discriminatory beliefs and attitude, you can do the following; 

  • Ask them to get to know the person well before judging the person
  • As another adult whom you trust and your parents or caregivers respect a lot to talk to them.
  • Wait until your parents become open-minded to introduce your partner 
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