Leah Klungness, co-author of The Complete Single Mother, states that post-divorce dating can be stressful for children.Don’t assume that kids will understand the need for a “crazy phase” of dating.With the US divorce rate still lingering around 50% for first marriages, many children have experienced their parents’ divorce by the time they are eighteen.And most adults are out and dating again within a year after their divorce, sometimes dating several partners before remarriage.She believes that kids should not be part of the post-divorce dating experience, even older kids.“I can proudly say that in my nine years of post-divorce single life, I only introduce my kids to one guy, and he is now my husband,” she shares.They are dealing with their own issues of loss, betrayal, adjustment, trust- just to name a few.
Heidi Goldstein Friedman is a partner at the law firm of Thompson Hine; she is also a mom and stepmom.
You are ashamed, you can not decide if you should bring your friend to your home.
Here you are, a teenager, being ashamed and doubting if you should introduce your friend to your parents. Two things – doubting if your loved ones will like your choice. Ok, here you are now, divorced, scared, ashamed and doubting if you want to introduce your new partner to your kids. Right, most likely you have the same doubts like you did before, introducing your teenage friend to your parents. Before somebody steps into your life, you shouldn’t doubt whether to invite them in or not.
She found that the young children she studied worried about how their parent’s dating process was going to affect them.
Children between the ages 5 and 10 were more possessive of their mother than older children.