Adopt realistic expectations about your children’s acceptance of your new partner.
Just because you are enthralled with this person, it doesn’t mean that your kids will share your enthusiasm.
Do you want your teenager to model their behavior after you?
Consider the amount of time since your divorce, the age of your children, and the level of commitment to your partner.
Waiting to introduce your kids to a love interest will pay off for everyone in the long run.
On the other hand, adolescents may appear more accepting of your new partner than younger children, but they may still perceive that person as a threat to your relationship.
also found that teenagers may find open affection between their parent and a partner troubling – so go easy on physical contact in front of them.
She paused and said “not really” and so I asked her to write down a list of pros and cons for her homework assignment.
When Caroline arrived for her next session, she reported that she was having second thoughts about whether she had rushed into including Kevin in so many activities with Baylie, and she realized that Baylie was seeing him as a rival for her attention.
I’ve witnessed many new relationships go sour when a partner is introduced to children too quickly.
It can cause anguish for everyone – especially children who are probably holding on to the idea that their parents will eventually get back together.
While it’s normal to seek solace, companionship, and a sexual relationship after a breakup, it’s crucial to take it slow so you can assess whether this relationship is casual or might be permanent.
The number-one thing to keep in mind when deciding when to introduce a new partner to your kids is timing after your divorce. Even if both of you are in love and seem to have a lot in common, breakups are common and kids get caught in the crossfire.
Let your children know that you have an abundance of love to go around.