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“It is likely that these toxic parents will continue to haunt your relationship in other ways, too, even now that you are grown up,” Lieberman says.

If your SO is the one with toxic parents, that may be even worse — now you have someone else’s parents trying to control your life. D., psychiatrist and author of , and collegiettes who’ve been there to let you know what it’s like to date with toxic parents in the picture and how you can make the most of a situation like this.

Or maybe love wasn’t given freely when you were a child, which can undoubtedly take a toll on your love life. When you or your SO has toxic parents, it may feel like you can’t do certain things, such as date freely.

“I was lucky and was able to start fresh with my relationships as me, and I became really grounded in who I am,” she says.

“My mom is emotionally abusive and it definitely affects my dating dynamics,” says Emma*, a junior at the University of Alabama.

It may be hard to put those thoughts on the back burner, but it’s still important.

If you’re in a healthy relationship, you should trust your SO.

Although toxic parents may put a burden on your dating life, it’s ultimately up to you how much it affects you.