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Children will learn a new attitude about dating based on the example their dating parents set for them.

According to Heather Setrakian, what children see is what they will do in their future relationships.

For a child, seeing one or both of their parents begin to date after a divorce can signify the death of a fantasy.

According to Katy Abel, because children's identity is wrapped up in the union of their parents, seeing Mom or Dad interested in someone else threatens their sense of self.

Furthermore, a child may feel that the new lover is trying to step into their other parent's place, potentially leading to rebellion and bitterness.

Finally, they may find themselves competing for the attention of the parent who has found a new date.

Nevertheless, finding a few moments amidst the hustle and bustle of children is essential for your own well-being.

For single parents the decision to start dating again is an important one, as it affects not just you but the people around you.

We’ve got help for parents trying to understand how to approach tween and teen relationships — including tips for talking about sex with your teenager.It is natural for a child to feel threatened by the entrance of a new relationship into the picture, according to Katy Abel.A child may wonder if Mom is going to pay as much attention to him at his basketball game now that she has a new boyfriend. However, I felt like I wanted to slowly introduce him to my family. I have always been very private when it comes to my relationships, and have never introduced my parents to anyone I’m interested in.When you make the choice to get back on the dating scene, the next step is to think about how you can start to meet new people.

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