It may take a year or more before your children have a chance to settle into and become comfortable with all the changes divorce has brought. Waiting to date gives you the opportunity to move through any feelings of loss, anger, or fear that can be helped by attention and time.
• Don’t expose your children to people you are dating until you have a pretty good sense of the relationship’s potential. However, having your children develop relationships with people who may not be in your lives for long is not only emotionally difficult for them, but could also potentially impact how they develop their own relationships later in life.
Your children need not have the burden of being an intentional or unintentional messenger.
• Children are often open to new adults in their lives.
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The plurality of experts agree that there's no [time] requirement; as soon as they'd like is just fine.
Your children may perceive a new person in your life as someone who could not only interrupt that reconciliation, but interfere with your time with your them as well.For others, it can raise fears and anxiety about their family structure and sharing a parent’s attention with a stranger.Establishing boundaries that feel comfortable for everyone is a challenge but will ultimately lead to a healthier transition.It can be difficult for the other parent to get that news.It may also be difficult for the children if they are unsure whether it is okay to tell the other parent or unprepared for an emotional reaction.