Children divorce and dating
A 17 year old boy said, “they have a responsibility to develop the relationship after they know the relationship with the parent is going to go somewhere”.In essence, he is asking that the new partner not commit to building a relationship with him until he is sure he is going to be sticking around for a while. 7: Don’t discount the previous marriage - Several kids commented on the fact that the immediate replacement of a partner by one of their parents made them feel that their parent’s marriage didn’t mean anything.Kids will eat you up if you try too hard to be cool.One 17 year old girl reported, “I don’t have to like you but I want to respect you.
In general, all kids wanted the new partner to take interest in their life, however, teens want it played out very different than younger children.
Teens are not interested in the new partner giving parenting advice unless they are solicited.
New partners need to learn to ask questions, show interest in the things they do but don’t give advice.
Don’t go over board and try too hard; they will sniff that out. 8: Don’t rush it - Be careful to not introduce a new relationship too fast.
Introduce the new partner in subtle ways like coming to dinner and then going home.
3: Be sensitive to blending families - Blending families after divorce can be very difficult.