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.
Parents should be sensitive to their children’s feelings but not turn to a permissive parenting style because they feel guilty or embarrassed.
Another possibility is the potential for the new relationship to be the cause of the parent’s divorce.As frustrating as this can be, your son's behavior is quite natural. If he's just gotten used to you and his father not being married, he might now fear that a stepparent will further complicate things and take up your time.There's also the issue of territory — it's his house, you're his mom, this date is not his dad.Try to understand the aspects that upset him, which can help you find ways to make the experience easier on him.If he's worried that dating will cut into your time together, for example, then you might create some special one-on-one time with him.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.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. With the US divorce rate still lingering around 50% for first marriages, many children have experienced their parents’ divorce by the time they are eighteen.And most adults are out and dating again within a year after their divorce, sometimes dating several partners before remarriage.