Single parents - When do you introduce your kids to a significant other?- Poll
They say taking pleasure in some casual dating or having a social life besides the one you have with your kids is healthy for single parents. But do your children need to know every detail of this “other life” you got going? Well, they don’t. But then again, you need to let them know early enough what plans you have for the future, especially if these plans will affect their lives.
One of the most pressing issues most single parents who have just gone back to the dating world are grappled with is ... when to introduce their children to the men or women they are involved with. But not all relationships will reach the level of commitment that warrants including children into the mix. It could be something casual with a fun loving individual you don’t see a future with. In such a case, it would only be fair not to introduce this person lest your kids get attached to someone who wont be in their lives sooner rather than later.
But when is the right time to introduce them to a serious love interest?
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This website polled its members to find out what they felt to be the perfect time for a single parent to introduce kids to a person that's become important to him or her. According to the results of the poll, out of the 2,475 members who participated, the majority (77%) felt that one should do the intro when there is a ring. 15% of the participants felt that the single parent should introduce this better half right away if the kids already know you've been searching and 8% of the voters felt the best time is after you have known this person for several months.
Well, it’s never easy on kids of single parents when it comes to coping with parent dating. But what might make this process easier is preparing the kids before you even begin dating and letting them know the plans you have for the future. If you’d like to get married some time, tell them that before you ambush them with your significant other.
And when you start dating, its only fair to introduce children if you are in a committed relationship and can imagine this person being a part of your family. This is because once they get attached and the person leaves, it could leave them more devastated than the initial separation or death of a spouse. And whatever time you decide to make the introduction, assure the kids that you love them and that this love interest isn't there to split your affection. Make them realize how committed you are to them and also share your enthusiasm about your significant other. Eventually if this person makes you happy and they see it, they will be happy to have him or her in their lives too.
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