Avoid involving your children with everyone you date.
One of the most difficult things for a child after his parents separate is being exposed too soon to a parent's "new" partner.
Protect your kids from uncomfortable feelings by not involving them with your dates.
Recognize that, even if you really like someone you've gone out with 2 or 3 times, you don't know for sure at that point that the relationship will "work out" and become long-term. If you involve your child and it doesn't work out, your child is again placed in the vulnerable position of feeling rejected, left behind and hurt.
Set limits regarding dating and parenting efforts with your children.
Be upfront and honest about how much time you'll spend with someone you date.
For example, if you feel you can't be out past a certain time or can't go out two nights in a row because of your parenting duties, be open about it. Doing so shows you're clear and confident about what's important to you.
Your time out can be an opportunity to make life interesting and fun for your kids.
For example, occasionally, let them stay over with Grandma and Grandpa when you have a date. Your kids most likely enjoy spending time with their grandparents. As well, let them sleepover at a friend's house.
Or find a teenager close by that you know and trust. Usually, kids love to have teenagers for babysitters.
As long as you know the kids will be well cared for and safe, make the time they spend without you fun.
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