How to Introduce a New "Friend" to the Kids

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Introducing a potential partner to your children is never an easy feat. Whether you are divorced, separated or widowed, the prospect of a new "friend" coming into a child's life can be a scary experience for parents and kids alike. There are many things that should be considered before introducing your son or daughter to this person. For starters, is the relationship going somewhere? If you are only dating casually and aren't sure where things are going, it's really not fair to get the kids attached to someone who may not be around for long. Of course, there are no guarantees with any relationship. But you should at least be entertaining the notion of getting serious with the person. Maybe you're just having a good time. If this is the case, be fair to everyone involved by keeping the children out of the picture. Before the big introductions, discuss what is going on with your kids. Explain that you are planning a future with that special someone. But reassure your little ones that it won't affect your relationship with them at all and that you would never put that other person above them.