We’ve all been there at least once during a tumultuous split — the moment where we can feel the words bubbling up inside of us and, before we can stop ourselves, ask our soon-to-be-departing partner if you can still be friends. It’s a tricky thing, the whole exes-as-friends business. People tend to be divided into two camps on the subject, and it typically depends on each person’s individual experience. But, can exes really, truly be friends? Toronto-based relationship and parenting expert Dr. Natasha Sharma has encountered this question many times during her career and believes that there are ways you can go about adjusting to your new reality and figuring out whether or not you can — or should — be friends with a former partner.
First, you have to cut all communication (yes, really)
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Let friendship happen organically
Look for signs that you’re ready for friendship
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Be concious of your partner’s feelings
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Make sure you’re asking yourself the tough questions
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