Childs reaction to divorced parent dating
This roller coaster ride is hard enough for adults. The other side of this is that children are often not all that nice to people their parents are dating.And why would you want to expose your new friend to that?Should I wait until my children are grown before dating?This is obviously a very personal decision with no one right answer.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.Regarding Your Co-Parent Do I have to tell my co-parent when I am dating?
In a perfect child-focused world, parents would refrain from dating until they are emotionally ready.
On the other hand, you should not be asking permission from your child to date someone. Putting your child in the role of parental decision maker is not healthy for either of you.
When it comes to dating after divorce, parents are in the driver's seat.
But, we humans are instinctively drawn to partnering up.
So chances are very good that sooner or later you (along with nearly every other divorced parent) will be dipping your toe into the waters of dating after divorce.