Children coping with divorced parents dating
One of the most common questions divorced parents ask me is: When should I introduce my new partner to my children?My best answer is to take your time dating after divorce and don’t introduce your new love to your kids if you are dating casually.
What you say to your children when you begin dating after your divorce will depend largely on their age. You'll be in bed when I get home."With school-age children (6-10) you can begin to provide more information.
If you need a reminder about what to expect at each developmental stage have a look here When talking with young children (infants and toddlers) describe the person you are seeing as a friend. I'll be back soon."With preschoolers (ages 3-5) still describe the person you will be going out with as as friend. You will likely want to have a more in-depth conversation about dating.
10 Things To Consider When Divorced Parents Start Dating Again Children have mixed emotions about their parents’ new relationships.
Depending upon their age, they may feel betrayal, jealousy, anger, confusion and even guilt. Children may feel that the parent who is first to begin a new relationship is betraying the other parent.
Leah Klungness, co-author of The Complete Single Mother, states that post-divorce dating can be stressful for children.