This is by far the most popular question I hear from single parents:
I’ve been dating someone and really see a future in “us.”
But when — and how — do I introduce my boyfriend/girlfriend to my kids?
If you have shared custody with an ex, it’s much easier to keep your dating and parenting lives separate.
But what if you’re a solo parent, like yours truly? How can you both be a good parent… and have a love life?
This is what RJ — founder of SingleDad.com — and I discuss on our new video, “How do you introduce your child to your new boyfriend/girlfriend?”
- Should you set up a time line?
Many parents make a rule: I won’t introduce anyone to my kids until we’ve dated for three — or even six — months. Does that work?
- Should you consider your child’s age?
Young children might get clingy, or feel threatened. You can talk more openly with an older child, but what if he/she doesn’t want to meet Mommy or Daddy’s new friend?
- Where do you do introduce your boyfriend/girlfriend to your kids?
At a restaurant, like Kate Hudson? Hint: not at your home — or his. So, where then?
Hint: we do not recommend that you say “This is my boyfriend/my girlfriend.”
So, please watch the video… and let us hear what you think!
We would love to know how and when you’ve introduced your “special friend” to your kids.
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