Single parents have it rough trying to balance their personal lives with the demands and responsibility that come with being a parent. Dating can be especially challenging, as there are certain boundaries that should not be crossed because the overall well-being of the child has to come first.
Parents should take caution every step of the way to ensure the safety of their family. Single mothers, in particular, should be careful to keep personal information confidential. Some of who appear to be the nicest men are dangerous and potential threats to you and your kids. Additionally, you want to be sure your children are not overexposed to the complexities of adult relationships. Madame Noire: Girl Code: 5 Common Courtesies You Owe Every Woman
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With that in mind, single parents actively dating should adhere to a few basic guidelines:
Rule #1: Wait, wait, and wait some more before introducing a boyfriend. Your child does not need to meet every guy that takes you to dinner. Studies have shown the revolving door negatively impacts a child's perception of relationships and commitment. Children are wired to desire nuclear families, so seeing Mom with another man is an adjustment within itself. Sure, he's dating you and your child but there is no need to open the door for emotional bonds unless it's something you all plan to make official.