In sum, the key to successful parenting post-divorce is helping your kids heal from your breakup and introducing them to a new love too soon might complicate, delay, or damage this process.
You can simply tell your kids that you’re going out with a new friend and that’s enough information.
Next, the setting and length of the first introduction is crucial to success.
Don’t be surprised if your children reject your new partner at first.
Some kids express anger or defiance and may even threaten to move out – or go to live with their other parent full-time.
I’ve witnessed many new relationships go sour when a partner is introduced to children too quickly.
It can cause anguish for everyone – especially children who are probably holding on to the idea that their parents will eventually get back together.
While it’s normal to seek solace, companionship, and a sexual relationship after a breakup, it’s crucial to take it slow so you can assess whether this relationship is casual or might be permanent.