What you say to your children when you begin dating after your divorce will depend largely on their age. You'll be in bed when I get home."With school-age children (6-10) you can begin to provide more information.If you need a reminder about what to expect at each developmental stage have a look here When talking with young children (infants and toddlers) describe the person you are seeing as a friend. I'll be back soon."With preschoolers (ages 3-5) still describe the person you will be going out with as as friend. You will likely want to have a more in-depth conversation about dating.With teens (15-20) it is important to be honest about your actions. It's been long enough after the divorce that I am ready to meet some new people.
In a perfect child-focused world, parents would refrain from dating until they are emotionally ready.
Take things slowly and give everyone the time they need to adjust to this new world of dating after divorce.
How long after my divorce should I wait before I begin dating?
Know yourself, know your children and ask yourself this key question: Is this a decision I think is best for my children, or am I reacting out of guilt or fear?
If your answer is the latter, you may want to address these powerful and often destructive emotions before making a final decision about dating after divorce.