When Bob Morris' mother passed away, he reluctantly agreed to help his 80-year-old father reenter the dating world. The relationship that grew in the process between the father and son is the subject of Bob's book, Assisted Loving. Peter talks with Bob about mending his relationship with his father and his tips for Baby Boomers whose parents are back in the dating game.
Bob says that he and his father didn't always have the best relationship. "I tried so hard, my whole life, to steer clear of much involvement with him," he says. "For all of the annoyance that I felt from him for no good reason, I have to say that I was picky and critical and mean-spirited about little things."
Bob says he helped his father pursue romantic interests after he understood what he was searching for. "Of course it was inappropriate that he was looking for love so quickly after my mom went," he says. "But he also told me that it worked so beautifully with her for 50 years and that he had to do it again."
Bob offers advice for adult children on how to deal with their parents dating again.
Published on June 06, 2008