Should He Meet The Minis? Things to Consider Before Introducing Him to Your Kid(s)

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5. No Pressure

Most children view their parent’s new boyfriend or girlfriend as an intruder. If you’ve determined that the relationship is a committed one and is serious enough for your man to meet your child, but your child still seems uncomfortable with you dating, make sure you do everything possible to make everyone comfortable. Be sure to mention his name a few times and tell your children little things about him before the introduction takes place so they don’t feel like they’re meeting a complete stranger. It’ll be weird for them to meet someone they’ve never heard of before.

Also, make the introduction in a kid-friendly environment so that your child doesn’t see him as an outsider, which means no introductions should be made at home if you can help it. Make the introduction some place social with lots of people around so that your child can meet your “friend” without feeling trapped. Perhaps you can have a movie date with other children, visit an amusement park or attend a birthday party so that your child, and your man, can interact with other people in case either feels uncomfortable or awkward. This takes the pressure off of everyone to “click” right away, and your children and your new partner can get to know each other organically.

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