I could write a book on all the reasons why this is a bad idea, but until I do, please just trust me on this one.
The best thing for a step-parent to do is to merely Much like the 10 Commandments being the basis for our modern legal system, this list is just a starting point for dating as a parent.
It’s the kind of thing that other single parents tend to say - or at least the ones who haven’t undertaken to find a new partner after a split.
Children can only respond to such a situation in one of two ways: They will either get sad because they feel like you don’t care about them or they will act up to compete for your attention. Children often secretly wish their parents would get back together and the longer they think you are not looking for someone new, the longer they can hold on to that fantasy.As a child psychiatrist, I have treated a large number of children who were harmed by the poor choices their parents made while dating.I also saw parents do quite a few disturbing things while I was recently single and dating, but you don’t have to give up on dating with children; and you don’t have to be a spinster to protect your children if you are smart about it.Here is my top 10 list of things parents and people dating parents should never do, based on my experience as a child psychiatrist, step-parent, parent, step-child and recent online dater.Armed with these tips, you can confidently get back in the dating pool knowing that you are not putting your children at risk.