Parents dating after divorce teenagers
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?Dating after divorce is as hard on kids as it is on parents.If your children attach to every person you date, they are likely to be hurt and experience loss each time the relationship doesn't work.
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.
It is also critical that you remain in the role of parent and not turn into your child's best friend where you each gush about your new girl or boyfriend. Every child will react in his or her own way to a parent's dating after the divorce.