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Dating as a single parent is difficult enough as it is, without dating. Every time you want to go on a date, you need to find a babysitter as well as come up with something to tell your kids you are doing (since you probably don’t want to tell them you’re dating). Add to that the brutal but common reality that many people out there don’t want to date a single parent. So your dating pool is very small, and then the simple act of going out to dinner with somebody in that pool is very complicated. If you’ve gotten to the point where you’re considering introducing somebody you’re dating to your children, consider yourself lucky. That means you overcame many of those other hurdles and found somebody who was willing to stick it out with you. Now here are rules for introducing your new boyfriend to your kids.

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Wait until it’s a significant relationship

Wait until you are in an established relationship to introduce your partner to your children. Ideally, you would wait over two years since the honeymoon period lasts two years. In other words, just because something lasts one year doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed to last. It’s very important that you minimize the risk of your children becoming attached to somebody who will disappear.





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