Make sure that you and this person are serious so you can spare your child from getting hurt.
So, before you let the person you’re dating meet your child, just wait a while.
The children have an amazing wealth of untapped knowledge we grownups should be using to further our own selfish endeavors.
Don't judge a child by his or her tiny, unblemished face. Taylor Ortega is a New York based writer and comedian.
Because instead of just making sure you don’t get hurt, you have to make sure your child doesn’t get hurt as well. If your child gets attached to the person you’re dating and you two break up, not only do you have to go through the break-up process, but your child goes through it too; in their own way.
My daughter was 11 when she went to her first school dance.
That's no simple task—kids seem to leapfrog from sweet curiosity about the opposite gender to demanding to know when they're allowed to date to holding hands, kissing and more.
There are also things you can do to make dating easier for both of you.
Your children may view your dates as competition for your love and attention, and as a rejection of their now-absent parent.
Their fantasies of reconciliation will be damaged, and the loss of your attention can reawaken fears of abandonment.
Most of their information comes from media that’s meant to be entertaining, not realistic.
Make sure your child understands what it means to be in a loving and supporting relationship.