Video: When do you introduce your boyfriend to your kids?

by singlemomseeking on December 1, 2010

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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