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It’s because I did exactly what experts recommend: take it slow, not force a new guy on the kids and follow their lead.
“In both cases, (I introduced him only) when I was sure that I was going to maintain a long-term relationship,” Singer says.
“It’s not good to introduce your children to a lot of different people,” says Steven Spector, Ph.
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I have two teenagers, 13 (a son) and 15 (a daughter).
They both live with me, although their father lives in the next town and my son often stays with him. When should I tell my kids that I am dating and when should I introduce them to this new person in my life?
Terri Orbuch, professor at Oakland University, research professor at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research and a family therapist.Introductions should be reserved for when you feel the relationship has potential.Be forwarned that children can develop close attachments quickly so you don’t want your children to develop a meaningful relationship with your man until you know he’s the one and sticking around.With a 50-percent divorce rate, America is seeing more mixed families than ever before.It’s a different game to date when you’re a parent and while there are no hard and fast rules, parents and experts agree on some guidelines – the least of which is, let them be ready before you are.“Tell them they are your first priority and you’ll always be there for them, no matter who you’re dating.” If kids are resistant or negative, don’t get defensive. “I’ve done a pretty careful job of limiting (my son’s) exposure to anybody that I wasn’t 100 percent sure could be marriage (material),” says Sean Singer, a divorced dad in Plymouth.Seven years since his divorce, Singer has only introduced his now 14-year-old son to two women, neither of whom he ended up marrying.Dan respected his sensitivity, approaching him with conversation or a board game as a way to grow close.“Take each child’s temperament into consideration and developmental age,” says Spector.When you find someone you like, have a light introduction, perhaps quick dinner and a movie/sporting event just to make sure you feel they interact well and to help your kids feel like they are in the loop.After that, you can continue to have some limited, pleasant times together but they should be far and few between so that your kids aren’t forming any attachments.