Helping kids cope with dating after divorce

Do you want your teenager to model their behavior after you?

If so, you owe it to yourself and your kids to build new relationships thoughtfully.

If you co-parent, it should be easy to spend an overnight with them when your children are with your ex.

Having your new partner spent the night should only be an option once you are fairly sure that your relationship is permanent or you are engaged.

One of the most common questions divorced parents ask me is: When should I introduce my new partner to my children?

My best answer is to take your time dating after divorce and don’t introduce your new love to your kids if you are dating casually.

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It can cause anguish for everyone – especially children who are probably holding on to the idea that their parents will eventually get back together.

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.

5 Rules For Introducing Your New Partner To Your Children: Be sure to be careful about sleepovers with your partner when you have children living with you.

It’s not wise to plan an overnight with your new love interest in your home right away because it can increase rivalry between them and your kids.

It may take them time to accept a new person in their life.

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