Dating partners with children

• Reassure them that you will not bring someone into the family unless you feel comfortable that they can fit in.

There have been many logistical issues and emotions to deal with as you have organized new living arrangements. They may worry that, if their parents can stop loving each other, then how hard would it be for either parent to stop loving them?Talk with your children and arrange an event that is not focused solely on dialogue—for example, avoid having the first meeting be at a dinner.Your children should have the room to go and do other things besides interact.• Be honest with your children about when you are getting ready to start dating. Don’t give your children control over when you start to venture into that world, but in general, let them know your intentions and ask for their feelings about it.• Let your children know that your new relationship will not take time away from them.