Think about the ways in which you’re responsible, reliable, and supportive towards your children; and how you’ll be able to offer that to a romantic partner, as well.
that’s not necessarily a kid-only attraction, but still welcomes kids — like a museum, farmer’s market, or public park.
That way, when you do take some precious time out of your busy schedule to go on a “real” date, you know you’ve already connected with the person on some levels. Older children will have an easier time understanding dating, while younger kids might be a bit confused by the idea at first.
Try simply explaining to young children that as much as you love them, you also want to have an adult friend that you can do grown-up activities with.
As a relationship gets more serious, you can start talking in more detail about your new love, to help your children become comfortable with the idea of this person.
In this case, reassure your kids that adults’ relationships don’t always work, but that doesn’t mean the kids are at fault or unloved.
You never know who you might run into, or strike up a conversation with, as your kids run through the grass or help you pick out fresh-baked bread.
More and more people are finding great connections through online dating.
Talking with your love about parenting styles and values will make all of these transitions easier. Respect, honesty, and discussion are all essential tools to make the process better for everybody involved.
Dating brings some extra hurdles, but nothing you (and your kids) can’t overcome.