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.If the decision has been made to bring the new partner into the child’s life, make sure that they meet on neutral territory (i.e., not home) in a casual setting.Take your time; it is important to proceed with confidence in your choices.

Your attitudes and behaviors on dating will be a model for your children.

Teenage children are entering a new world of dating behavior that may include sex, and will look to their parents as models of behavior. Research has shown that single parents’- and especially mothers’- attitudes and behaviors on sex and dating influence their children’s attitudes and behaviors.

Parents should be sensitive to their children’s feelings but not turn to a permissive parenting style because they feel guilty or embarrassed.

Balancing the emotions of your children with the excitement of a new, positive, relationship will help smooth the transition into single-parent dating.

More Online Resources: Click here to read a great article from the Boston Globe that includes a list of guidelines surrounding dating after divorce Tips, Resources, and Warning Signs for Divorced Parents: The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) presents a great article on divorce and your children A Family Education article featuring individuals experiences with post-divorce dating and their children A great review of dating, remarriage and children based Constance Ahron’s longitudinal study from Missouri Research: Anderson, E, et al (2004).

Ready to take a chance again: Transitions into dating among divorced parents.

Relationships can be full of amazing highs and joys, but they can also reach extreme lows. Once you have moved on, there is often a whole new world of situations to deal with, such as introducing children to a new person in your life.

Read more: 12 Clear Signs You’re Ready to Start Dating After Divorce Watching a parent fall in love with someone other than their previous spouse can be challenging for a child.

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.

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.