Never suggest that a child kiss or hug a friend unless they want to.
DO let your new friend know your family safety rules, especially about touching.
Bringing a new person into the family can threaten your child’s sense of security.
Therefore, it is important to carefully consider how and when you should introduce your new significant other to your children.
DON’T completely ignore your child’s negative reaction to a person.
You can often learn something about a person’s character from his interaction with children.
Feelings of loss, anger and confusion are common among children whose parents have separated or divorced.If you’ve decided to start dating, it is important for you to discuss and accept all of your child’s feelings when this happens.It’s also critical that you carefully consider who will be spending time around your children.Dealing with change: It is sometimes difficult for children when there are changes in routines.This is particularly true when it involves a parent’s new friend.
Worries about a new parent: When dating gets serious and children hear the phrase “new parent,” they may be concerned that one of their parents will literally be replaced.