I was recently working with a couple who were having a disagreement over how long they should wait before introducing their children to dad’s new girlfriend. Mom was suggesting that he wait six months or more, while dad felt that the best approach was to “take the band aid off” by introducing them to her right away.
Another couple was having a similar issue with a twist. Mom was never going to be ok with dad being with his new girlfriend when their child was around because she felt that the new girlfriend was the cause of their marriage ending.
In making a determination as to when it is appropriate to introduce your children to a new partner, parents need to be sensitive to how the children are reacting to the marriage ending. Read the rest of Dan’s article to learn some key questions to consider when deciding how and when to introduce a new significant other to your children.