Remember that meeting a new partner will bring up many emotions for children. The effects of divorced mothers’ dating behaviors and sexual attitudes on the sexual attitudes and behaviors of their adolescent children. For related content, check out our Divorced Mom’s Guide to Dating site here!Sticking to neutral turf helps the parent provide the necessary structure children may need while being introduced to new partners. She found that the young children she studied worried about how their parent’s dating process was going to affect them.Children between the ages 5 and 10 were more possessive of their mother than older children.Tread carefully when introducing children to your new partner.Klungness recommends that any new relationship should be exclusive for several months (that is, a serious relationship and not a casual affair) before they are introduced to the children.This may be because of the diverted attention in the wake of limited time together due to custody issues.Another possibility is the potential for the new relationship to be the cause of the parent’s divorce.
Parents should talk about appropriate behavior for adults and adolescents before either side starts an intimate relationship.Similar research also supports this idea: a gradual approach allows children time to adjust to their parents’ dating (and the new dating partner) at a pace that allows for successful parenting.