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How to Introduce Kids into Your Dating Life After a Divorce

Aug 14, 2014

little-angry-girl.jpgThere is a reason why people tell you to be 100 percent certain you are with the right person before you settle down and have children. Everything about your life becomes more difficult when you have children and then get a divorce. Eventually, you are going to want to move on and be in a romantic relationship with someone else. How do you handle dating when you have a child? Here are some helpful tips for bringing your children into that world.

Reassure Your Child

Your child needs to know that things are not going to change just because you are dating someone. They need to know that you are still their parent and that they still get to see their other parent as well. Make sure they know the dating is for you, not for them. You are not trying to replace their other parent.

Only Introduce Serious Partners

If you are a casual dater or a serial dater, there is no reason for them to meet your children. Wait until you are in a serious relationship with someone you really care about. Your child does not need to meet every single person you date. You do not want your child to get attached to the individual you are dating only for you to break up with them.

Let Your Child Be Honest

Your child has feelings and they need to know you are comfortable with them expressing those feelings. You should make sure your child knows it is alright for them to tell you they are uncomfortable with you dating or it makes them unhappy. You should be able to have an open and honest conversation with your children.

Regardless of how much you want to be in a relationship, your child should always come first. Make sure your new romantic partner is aware of the fact that you have a child and they are the most important person in this world to you.

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