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Sue Sanders over at Your Tango has posted an interesting story about a dating experience as a single mom, an experience that addresses so many concerns and worries you may have as well. When is the right time to introduce your children to a date or boyfriend/girlfriend? In Sue’s case, life is much less complicated than she anticipated.
Sue describes how she believed she had agreed way too early to introduce her date to her young daughter, just after three dates. She was worried that she was about to make a mistake, but the situation turned out to be everything what anyone of us could wish for.
Sue was lucky. Eventually, the date turned into her husband two years later and her daughter accepted the new man in her life. “It was a bit like I was climbing up onto the high diving board, trembling, unsure whether the end result would be a graceful swan dive or a painful belly flop, but somehow knowing deep inside that everything would be okay,” she writes. “Sometimes you just have to trust your instincts.”
Sometimes. Obviously, you would have to feel extremely comfortable with your date to introduce her/him so quickly. Even then, the general common sense suggests that you should only introduce a date when you know that this might turn into a serious relationship and there will be a person your child can trust and rely on. Breaking up a family is an extremely disruptive experience not just for you, but especially for your child. Building hope that there will be stability with a new man or woman too early is not such a great idea.
In Sue’s case, her instincts were right.
No one can tell you when it is the right time to introduce your children to a date. But if you keep your child in mind, if you remain protective and concerned about your child’s feelings, you will be ok.