Perhaps you lost your spouse to an illness or your marriage ended in divorce.
To your children, just the idea that you’re single and thinking about a new relationship can be depressing and hurtful.
It's not necessary for him to meet every person you go on a date with — this may be overwhelming and confusing.
Wait until you know if a relationship has serious potential before introducing your child.
The idea being that dating is one thing, but MARRIAGE feels like an official replacement of their parent.
On a logical level this may not drive a child to say to you, “Mom, I don’t want you dating,” but their behavior may reveal a subconscious attempt to sabotage your efforts.
Be patient — it's likely to take some time for your son to adjust.
Talk with your son about how your dating makes him feel.
If he's really put off by the idea of you dating a man other than his father, explain that you're making new friends, just like he does when he's in a new situation.
Try to maintain your usual routines with your son so that your dating doesn't disrupt his day-to-day life and he still has lots of time with you.
You share that you’re finally dating and they stare with a look of terror. If you can just make it through the terrible two’s, the confused tween years, the rebellious teen years, and the college debt, you’ll end up with a loving, hassle-free relationship to last the rest of your days – the conventional thinking goes.
We’ve put together a guide to help you deal with your children’s issue and find a loving relationship.