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Your relationship with your children’s other parent has ended. Perhaps you have felt some combination of hurt, anger, depression, relief, guilt, uncertainty, or hopefulness.
• Give your children time to adjust to their new situation.Sometimes parents try to take care of their own feelings of loss by dating shortly after beginning to live apart, but this is one of those times when considering the needs of your children should be a priority.Take some time to think through the needs of your children.It is certainly possible to start new relationships and help your children make the adjustments to the changes that come.Questions or concerns about the preceding article can be directed to the author or posted as a comment below.
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• Reassure them that you will not bring someone into the family unless you feel comfortable that they can fit in.
Once you are ready to have your children meet your new partner, don’t surprise them by having the person show up unexpectedly at an event.
It was not an easy decision to leave and change the life your children grew up with.
There have been many logistical issues and emotions to deal with as you have organized new living arrangements. They may worry that, if their parents can stop loving each other, then how hard would it be for either parent to stop loving them?
• Be honest with your children about when you are getting ready to start dating. Don’t give your children control over when you start to venture into that world, but in general, let them know your intentions and ask for their feelings about it.