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Before you ever agree to date someone, be open and honest with them and explain that you have children. To many individuals, this will make no difference. Don't try to hide your children from your date, but readily introduce them and watch carefully how they interact with each other. Is there open resentment or hostility on either face? If it is on your child's face, then the reason for it should be discussed with the child later. Many times it is rooted in fear of losing their parent's love to someone else, or it could just be jealousy that someone else is taking their parent's time away from them. Discuss your intentions openly and honestly with your children and reassure them your love for them will never diminish. If it is on the face of your date, ditch them!
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|