You finally meet someone you really, really like and want to introduce him to your kids. It's the respectful thing to do if you have a good relationship with him. Here are a few ground rules for introducing a new love to your children. A group setting allows children to feel non-threatened. Go Slowly: Remember, you might be in love, but your children need time to get used to a new situation. I had to take him aside and say, “I am so glad you like him!
Before you even think about introducing your children to your new boyfriend, you need to have been dating for at least six months. It takes at least six months to begin to really know a person. Group Setting: Have the first five meetings in a group setting.
Yet, you may be plagued with questions about when and how to introduce your kids.
Before you take that all-important step, consider this advice for dating with children: A lot of single parents ask, "When should I introduce my kids to the person I'm dating?
Doing so before you've even determined for yourself that this will be a long-term relationship is unfair to the kids.
Realize that you’re not just forming a relationship; you’re creating a family.
You don’t want that to happen again and you certainly don’t want your children to go through that again.
It's best not to show affection during these first five meetings. But you only have one mom and one dad.” He was only five years old, so I kept it age appropriate. Rules for the New Family : As you begin to settle in together as a new group, it’s important for you to discuss how it plays out with your new partner.
I had to be sure he would be in my life in for a long time. I had a pool party with about four adult guests, him being one of them. We did about five more group outings before he came to do things with just me and my two children.
We slowly began doing fun kids things with just the four of us.