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Don't date at home until you are sure you have found “the one.” Children often have difficulty accepting the fact that their parent is dating. It is very unsettling for children to witness the revolving door of relationships that ensue in the search for "the one." Be selective about dating and introducing your children to your dating partners. Don't add to their confusion. They have already lost one parent and may fear losing you to someone else. Or they can be so eager for someone to love them, they can become attached too easily and end up getting hurt when your relationship ends. Wait until the relationship looks like it is headed somewhere before you spend too much time together as a “family” in your home.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|