It may take them time to accept a new person in their life.For example, Caroline, a 36-year-old teacher, described her new partner Kevin as thoughtful, affectionate, and a great match for her.Truth be told, younger children (under age 10) may feel confused, angry, or sad because they tend to be possessive of their parents.Renowned researcher Constance Ahrons, who conducted a 20-year study of children of divorce, concluded that most children find their parent’s courtship behaviors confusing and strange.Next, the setting and length of the first introduction is crucial to success.Meeting in an informal setting may help your kids feel more relaxed.
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.
They had been dating for a little over two months and she was head over heels in love with him.
But she began questioning their relationship when her daughter Baylie, age eight, starting complaining about Kevin coming over – especially when his nine-year-old son, Ryan, came along for the visit.
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.
Do you want your teenager to model their behavior after you?