With the US divorce rate still lingering around 50% for first marriages, many children have experienced their parents’ divorce by the time they are eighteen.
And most adults are out and dating again within a year after their divorce, sometimes dating several partners before remarriage.
While there have been several studies on divorce, remarriage and step-parenting, very few exist for the courtship period parents go through before remarriage.
Here are some guidelines to consider concerning post-divorced dating and your children: Adjusting to the idea of dating isn’t just for parents. Constance Ahrons, author of The Good Divorce and We’re Still Family and professor emeritus at University Southern California, recently completed a 20 year longitudinal study on children of divorce.
They are dealing with their own issues of loss, betrayal, adjustment, trust- just to name a few.
Get dating advice and anecdotes from our very own Match bloggers on all things relationships!She found that the young children she studied worried about how their parent’s dating process was going to affect them.Children between the ages 5 and 10 were more possessive of their mother than older children. That’s what you’re probably thinking your first night out with your single friends. It’s been ages since you’ve dated, you don’t know what to do, and you feel awkward.Step One It is important to recognize that you are ready before beginning to date again.