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Do not include children on first dates. Let your dating partner know you have children and feel free to talk about them to assess their reaction to the idea. You may be tempted to want to see the interaction between your children and your date, or to let the other person know what they are getting into, but resist the urge. Check the person out yourself alone. You do not want to confuse your children by parading an endless line of potential mates before them. Children learn quickly how to sabotage relationships before they ever get going because they may fear having to share you with someone else. Do everyone a favor and skip the first date "family time." Make sure you are interested enough in the person before you starting including the children. Give yourself a chance first.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|