Introducing children to new dating partner
Do not introduce your children to your new companion unless you are both interested in a long-term relationship.
Once you establish a committed relationship, you may introduce your new partner to your children.
How and when you introduce a new partner to your children is a hurdle you will cross.
It may feel awkward and uncomfortable, but if handled correctly, it will allow your child and your family to move forward. In the spirit of honesty, parents sometimes tell their children too much.
Do not pressure your new partner to act like your child’s parent or force strangers to interact with them. Keep communication open and honest and do not unite as a force against the child. It is important that you allow them the time they need.Whether this is because a primary parent does not have sufficient free time to date when the children are with the other parent, or it occurs because of the loneliness that many of us feel as single parents, kids usually get involved with their parents’ new partners way too soon.Some fathers feel unsure about how to spend blocks of time with their children without a woman present; some mothers are anxious to quickly introduce a “better role model” to their children and have the family that wasn’t possible with the children’s father.Neither situation serves the child’s need for time to adjust to family changes.Children of all ages, including teens, experience tremendous loss and change with divorce.