If he's really put off by the idea of you dating a man other than his father, explain that you're making new friends, just like he does when he's in a new situation.
Try to maintain your usual routines with your son so that your dating doesn't disrupt his day-to-day life and he still has lots of time with you.
While there have been several studies on divorce, remarriage and step-parenting, very few exist for the courtship period parents go through before remarriage.
Here are some guidelines to consider concerning post-divorced dating and your children: Adjusting to the idea of dating isn’t just for parents. Constance Ahrons, author of The Good Divorce and We’re Still Family and professor emeritus at University Southern California, recently completed a 20 year longitudinal study on children of divorce.
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Try to understand the aspects that upset him, which can help you find ways to make the experience easier on him.
Don’t assume that kids will understand the need for a “crazy phase” of dating.
When a parent begins a new relationship children experience a range of emotions, such as: Feeling insecure: Some children may feel their security threatened when their parents begin to date. Some children wonder if they will still be loved if their parent finds a new partner.
Make sure to ease your child’s fears by showing and telling them how much you love them.
It's not necessary for him to meet every person you go on a date with — this may be overwhelming and confusing.
Wait until you know if a relationship has serious potential before introducing your child.