Dating a divorced parent
There are many things to consider when making the choice to begin dating after your divorce.
Here are a few of the questions that parents ask: Regarding Your Children How do I explain my dating to my children?
While there have been several studies on divorce, remarriage and step-parenting, very few exist for the courtship period parents go through before remarriage.
Here are some guidelines to consider concerning post-divorced dating and your children: Adjusting to the idea of dating isn’t just for parents. Constance Ahrons, author of The Good Divorce and We’re Still Family and professor emeritus at University Southern California, recently completed a 20 year longitudinal study on children of divorce.
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.
Tread carefully when introducing children to your new partner.
Children may have more trouble adjusting to their fathers’ dating relationships than their mother’s.
But, we humans are instinctively drawn to partnering up.
So chances are very good that sooner or later you (along with nearly every other divorced parent) will be dipping your toe into the waters of dating after divorce.
Dating after divorce - even the words fill some divorced parents with dread.
The idea of getting back into the dating scene after years being married is daunting at best.