A child’s usual reaction to mom or dad’s first date is a negative one.Rushing into dating after a divorce threatens a child’s world.
"Time is the biggest obstacle," says Honoree Corder, the blogger behind The Successful Single Mom and author of a book by the same name."There are already so many demands on a single parent's time, taking time out to date can feel like a luxury they can't afford.
But I believe dating -- spending time with other grown-ups doing fun activities -- is a necessity they can't afford not to do!
Beware of letting yourself think that finding a new spouse will make your family “whole” again.
Remarriage based on that agenda often has more “holes” than “wholes.” Keep in mind that children typically accept dad’s dating more than mom’s dating.
But dating with kids means that you may need to find a sitter to watch your child while you take time for romance.
And when you do decide to post a date night job, make sure your post is as thorough and detailed as possible; you want to make sure that your candidates know exactly what you're looking for in a babysitter, and when you'll need them.In my family, there’s an old saying that the teenagers will always come home safe and sound and on time from a date because they know daddy’s waiting on the front porch with a shotgun.While meant as a joke, the story says something about parents’ age-old concerns for their teens when they begin to date.Not sure what to look for when it comes to a date-night babysitter?Find out what the best child care options are for you.Talking with your kids about healthy relationships is such an important part of preventing dating violence, and by being proactive and starting this conversation early, you can have a huge impact on how your child approaches all of his or her relationships.