Dating someone with young children

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.

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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.

Last modified 16-Oct-2016 15:23