Dating when to introduce the children
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In truth, most ex-lovers are not going to want the contact.
But for those who do, and feel connected, a few visits, birthday cards, and texts could make the transition a lot smoother for everyone involved. As far as entering new romantic relationships when you’re a parent, there seem to be two competing ideas about how to handle telling the kids.
Lately, I’ve noticed a pattern of serial romantic relationships among friends who are dating online.
That’s normally my advice too, but it seems kids in Hadfield’s study didn’t like being lied to—and sometimes resented their parent’s new lover when they were finally introduced.
As if that’s not complicated enough, parents are damned if they do and damned if they don’t.
Telling kids about a new romantic partner doesn’t guarantee that kids aren’t going to be resentful either. Like Hadfield, I’d be inclined to suggest that despite the risks, parents shouldn’t talk with their kids about every date they go on.
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