I'm a divorced mom who wants to start dating again. When do I introduce the kids to men I meet? How to date without hurting the kids?
When do I introduce the kids to men I date? After 3 dates? 3 months? 6 months? After me & new boyfriend decide we're ready to tell the kids? Or should I shield the kids entirely from meeting any of the guys until the relationships progress to being serious? That seems more risky, and potentially unfair to the kids -- what if he and the kids don't hit it off, and we're already so far down the path of commitment? What if things don't work out with me and the guy: will the kids be disappointed and hurt? Will my dating be harmful to them?
I want to do what's best for my kids, but I also don't want to wait until they're 18 (or out of the house) before I start dating again. Help! What can I do to best manage dating as a divorced mom?