Talking with your kids about dating
This is a perfect time to talk about healthy relationships because February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month and Feb.4 is It's Time to Talk Day, a national day to promote healthy relationships and prevent teen dating abuse.
In general, a good guideline is about a six-month wait from the time you separate from your spouse to the time you start to date, although dating will often occur sooner.You may not know that one in three teens will experience some type of abuse from a dating partner in the form of either physical, sexual or verbal abuse.Unfortunately, three out of four of us parents have never had a conversation about domestic violence with our children.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.
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But, we humans are instinctively drawn to partnering up.