When he was at the stage to introduce her to his children, he was concerned about the effect this development might have on them. Because Andrea is a ceramic artist, Frank thinks a clay-working visit with his kids might be a good entrée for introducing his new friend.
“Andrea is more than willing,” he says, “and I thought it would be a good way to ease her into the lives of the children.
One such challenge is the guilt of dating, and the weight it brings to bear on our perception of our entitlement to a healthy relationship.
“A lot of times women will feel badly about going out and having their own life and leaving their child at home,” Desiree says.
The 45-year-old massage therapist and acupuncturist from Hamilton, Ont., ended a seven-year marriage in 2007 when her daughter was three. But dating at this life stage can be full of challenges we’d never imagined in our pre-child courting days.She says it was hard for her son when she ended the relationship.The question of when to introduce a new love to the kids is one of the bugbears of parental dating.Part of that change was being plunged into the dating world, a world he’d long since forgotten how to navigate. “I know I’m not looking for a new mother for my children,” says the Toronto teacher.“But I would like to find someone who could be with all of us together.