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I need to take time to make my own friendships, too.” And then sit back and listen to what your kids have to say about you dating. Is your child closed, with folded arms or lack of eye contact, or is she showing vulnerability, hunched over or fidgeting?

As a result, it’s crucial to take it slow so you can assess whether your new romantic relationship is casual or might be permanent.

Rather than planning a long visit, it’s best to have a brief, casual meeting with few expectations.

Additionally, keep in mind the age of your children when introducing them to a new love interest, because younger children (under age 10) may feel confused, angry, or sad because they tend to be possessive of their parents.

Ask yourself: Is my new partner a good fit for my family?

After all, you might have great chemistry and compatibility with someone, but they might not be well suited to join your family.

It may seem like a long time, but in the long run, it’s time well invested in your kids’ stability. Have a frank conversation with your new romantic interest — the earlier the better — about their values and feelings when it comes to kids and family. When you do decide it’s time to date again, discuss the topic with your kids in an age-appropriate way.

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