Dating after divorce with teenage children
Specifically, single mothers’ dating behaviors directly influenced their son’s sexual behaviors, and indirectly influenced their daughter’s sexual behaviors by affecting her attitudes on sex.
Parents should talk about appropriate behavior for adults and adolescents before either side starts an intimate relationship.
Your attitudes and behaviors on dating will be a model for your children.
This doesn’t mean that you cannot kiss your new partner in front of them, but you should use tact and be delicate about how you do it.
Introduce the new partner as a “new friend” and not the new “love of my life.” Sensitivity Counts.
Children may have more trouble adjusting to their fathers’ dating relationships than their mother’s.
Instead keep things gradual, and this can be applied to how you date.
Take your time and get to know that person better before you decide you can trust them enough to meet for that first date.
Parents should be sensitive to their children’s feelings but not turn to a permissive parenting style because they feel guilty or embarrassed.