Dating with children involved
In general, though, if the kid and the ex-partner were close, then parents should do what they can to make it easy for their child to stay connected.
Being dumped with a babysitter rather than snuggling up to watch Friday night movies with mom can make kids blame the new love interest for robbing them of their parent’s attention. Online dating has made it easier to meet people, but that doesn’t mean kids should be subjected to the instability that an active dating life brings with it.
Hadfield figures that no matter how difficult it can seem, it is likely better for kids to still have contact with their parents’ romantic partners even after the romance ends.
Of course, this all depends on the strength of the relationship, the age of the child, and dozens of other factors.
But for those who do, and feel connected, a few visits, birthday cards, and texts could make the transition a lot smoother for everyone involved.
The Next Relationship And what about the next relationship?
The only time it came up was in the US where mothers told Hadfield they sometimes didn’t invite their lovers to live with them and their children because it would do nothing but add one more mouth to feed.