How to tell parents about online dating
That’s normally my advice too, but it seems kids in Hadfield’s study didn’t like being lied to and sometimes resented their parent’s new lover when they were finally introduced.
After all, older children especially can feel like they have a close relationship with their custodial parent and might feel betrayed that something as big as a new love interest wasn’t shared.
But for those who do, and feel connected, a few visits, birthday cards, and texts could make the transition a lot smoother for everyone involved.
The Next Relationship And what about the next relationship?
Lately, I’ve noticed a pattern of serial romantic relationships among friends who are dating online.
They meet, and a few months later, introduce their new partner to their kids.
It’s even worse if the child’s parent says disparaging things about her or his ex-lover.
Hadfield figures that no matter how difficult it can seem, it is likely better for kids to still have contact with their parents’ romantic partners even after the romance ends.