“Parents need to handle dating carefully so as not to set the child up for confusion and stress,” says Brooke.
“Keep the dating separate and set up dates so they don’t meet them right away.” Brooke recommends only introducing a new love into your kids’ lives if you believe this person will be around for a long time: “Bringing too many people into and out of your child’s life can be confusing.
But to avoid putting yourself and your kids through another round of family drama, you have to be very aware of what you're doing -- just like you were during your divorce.
Here are some guidelines to help you steer clear of trouble: Make It A Feature Length Movie, Not A Short Film.
Everything about it makes you want to go full speed ahead, taking your relationship from brand new boyfriend to forever-and-ever life partner in a matter of days.
“Parents walk a delicate tightrope when introducing the subject of dating,” says Dr.
Fran Walfish, Beverly Hills, Calif.-based psychotherapist and author of “The Self-Aware Parent.” Keeping the lines of communication open and fostering honest discussions will help both you and your teens adjust to the idea of dating after divorce.
But because you are a responsible grown-up, you know that would be a really stupid thing to do.
After all, you've worked hard to get to where you are today.