Post divorce dating and children
Know yourself, know your children and ask yourself this key question: Is this a decision I think is best for my children, or am I reacting out of guilt or fear?If your answer is the latter, you may want to address these powerful and often destructive emotions before making a final decision about dating after divorce.Obviously the time needed to heal is different for everyone.Some professionals suggest waiting a year after the divorce before dating.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?
Dating after divorce requires some caution on the part of adults. Gary Neuman, author of Helping Your Kids Cope with Divorce the Sandcastles Way offers a list of things for parents to pay attention to.
With teens (15-20) it is important to be honest about your actions. It's been long enough after the divorce that I am ready to meet some new people.
I'm wondering how you feel about that." Since your teens are also likely dating, it is important to talk with them about how it may be awkward to have a parent dating at the same time. How will my children be affected by my decision to date?
Should I wait until my children are grown before dating?
This is obviously a very personal decision with no one right answer.