Dating after divorce and how that effects a child

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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.

Parents should talk about appropriate behavior for adults and adolescents before either side starts an intimate relationship.

Leah Klungness, co-author of The Complete Single Mother, states that post-divorce dating can be stressful for children.

Don’t assume that kids will understand the need for a “crazy phase” of 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.

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