Starting to date after a divorce is never easy, but when you have a teenager, it can become even more stressful. It is important not to keep your new relationship a secret from your teen, but you also need to take care when introducing your partner to your child.
Parents Magazine explains that teens can handle a lot more than you may think, so you should be straight with your child about your new relationship.
Before you bring your new partner to meet your teen, talk with your child. Ask your teen if he or she wants to meet your boyfriend or girlfriend. Get to understand his or her feelings about you dating. Let him or her be open and honest. Do not judge. Any feeling you teen has is valid, so make that clear.
Do not push
If your teen is not ready to meet your friend, then wait. Do not try to push a meeting until your child is ready.
In addition, do not expect your teen to love your partner right away. He or she may be hesitant. There are a lot of feelings he or she may need to work out before ever accepting your new partner. Your child may worry about betraying his or her other parent by befriending your boyfriend or girlfriend. Give your teen time to come around.
Introducing a date or a new relationship to your teen can be tough, but it does not have to be a disaster when you take your time and keep your child’s feelings a priority.