Single Parent dating Q&A
When Do I Introduce the Children?
Problem: I've been dating a nice man consistently for seven weeks and I'm wondering if it's time to introduce my 10-year-old son to him. Is there ever a right time? Diane, 38
Solution: Just like you don't tell your child everything, you don't have to introduce them to everyone. It is important to not introduce your child to every person you go on two or three dates with. Many children form attachments very easily. When kids are introduced to someone 'special,' they assume it actually means something and then if the person disappears, this shifts their whole belief system.
This doesn't mean you can't ever introduce your child to Mr. Right or that you have to sneak around like a high schooler. Just wait until it really seems as if the relationship is serious and stable. Then, it can be nice to introduce your child to a new person in their own environment. Have the new boyfriend/girlfriend over for a casual pizza party. The child will feel more comfortable in their own home and might enjoy bonding by showing the new person their stuff, like a favourite toy or backyard space.
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