Do you really think that you can stay friends with an ex?

That is a question that is often asked!
Friendships with a former partner can work when both of you can accept that the romantic and sexual side of the relationship is no longer working for either of you, but you have to both agree on this first before there can be friendship between you.
You may want just friendship with your ex because you have children together, so for everyone concerned this is the best way forward. However you will have to be honest with yourself about what you can expect from your new relationship with your ex.
If you are having problems with letting go of your ex then it may be best to avoid contact for a while until you can deal with your feelings. It can be a little scary trying to let go of your feelings towards an ex but if you are positive then there can be real benefits from staying friends with each other.
Why not try out some new hobbies and see friends that you havn’t had time to see in a while, do anything that you never had the time to do when you were with your partner. Try not to dwell on your past relationship as this will only keep you stuck in the past. If you can remain friends with your ex then you will find that it can have many benefits, as this is someone who knows you very well and can give you support and advice whenever you need it.
It’s nice to know that your ex is there as a friend, so stay positive, keep calm and work out a feasible way for you to remain friends with your ex and you will probably have a friend for life!

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