When parents start to see other people, even that small sliver of hope is dashed and that makes it hard for kids to accept.
Some kids don’t like the idea of their parents dating after a divorce because they are afraid that their parent will find someone they want to spend more time with and stop spending as much time with them.
The fact is that no one can, or will, ever replace either of your parents.
If the potential new mate understands these dangers and is able to help the divorced parent through these difficulties, the relationship can be one that eases the pain of the divorce for everyone.
Next to your parents actually getting a divorce, the hardest thing you might face is when they start dating other people.
Sometimes, it’s hard to get past the “weird factor” and accept this new phase of your parents’ lives.
Hopefully your mom or dad has given you, and themselves, enough time to adjust to the divorce before they start dating.
All newly divorced people must consider how soon they want to begin dating and what they are looking for in a new mate.
For a parent who is dating after divorce, a profoundly important aspect of a dating partner’s qualities is how he or she relates to children.
Another thing that makes it hard for some kids to accept their parents dating is because they feel like they are being disloyal to the other parent when they like the person their parent is dating.
If your father has a new girlfriend, you might feel like you are rejecting your mother if you accept her and try to get along with her.
Part of the reason so many kids have trouble adjusting to their parents dating after divorce is because they still hold out hope that their parents will get back together.