Dating with young children
Why do single parents feel guilty when they do things for themselves, like dating? Bryson: Parents, in general, feel responsible for their kid’s happiness, and to some degree it’s healthy. Of course we want to do that as much as we can; but ultimately, we’re here to nurture our children and give them the experiences they need.
Single parents often have an additional burden, especially if the child doesn’t spend much time with both parents.
If you can zero in on the problem, the solution may be quite easy.
If they are indeed angry with you leaving the house, be up front with them.
Many guys just don’t know how to deal with a child that isn’t theirs and it becomes immediately evident to the child, even when the mom is disillusioned into thinking that the guy is perfect.
Ask your Teen: If you have a teenager it is very important that you get their approval after an introduction or two is made with your potential lover.
I’ll set up something fun for you to do." The level of detail will need to be determined by the age of the children.
Problems begin when there is a change in you and your routine and nothing’s said.
Children may get angry when you and your new partner express affection. "I know you don’t like it when I hold hands with him, but that’s what grownups do when they like each other.
Check his credentials: If you have a toddler or baby and the guy is okay with dating you, then this next step is important.
You may need to run some sort of background check or something to know what kind of temperament the guy has.
Dating often means meeting and getting to know several people. I’ve heard teens or pre-teens say, "I hate that guy.
He’s a dork." They will express this opinion repeatedly and loudly, but they probably just feel a sense of competition for their parent’s attention.
We sat down with noted parenting consultant and e Harmony Parenting contributor Dr.