Different blokes every few months sharing the bathroom every Saturday morning? Children don’t need traditional family roles but they do need consistency and as little disruption as possible – bringing new people in and then whipping them away again just as fast is never going to be good for their development.It’s the parenting equivalent of when getting married in Vegas – sometimes it works out but most of the time it very much doesn't so please, have some foresight and hold your horses for the sake of them, not you.
INTRODUCING children to a new dating partner can be a sensitive topic, but how soon is too soon?
On Sunday, Lucy Mecklenburgh and Ryan Thomas took their relationship to the next level as the stars enjoyed a cinema trip with Ryan's daughter Scarlett.
It is not the only debate that has left parents divided.
Should kids’ clothes be labelled for boys or girls?
But speaking from experience, just don’t introduce your kids to your new partner until at least a year of dating. Turned out by January that he very much wasn't "the one".
Well, unless "the one" has anger problems and serious financial issues, so we broke up.
But when do most people introduce their kids to their new partners? I refuse to follow the unwritten rule that a mother’s children and potential new squeeze should be kept separated.
Instead, I excuse everyone from an impending make-or-break meeting by casually introducing them as soon as possible. I have tried the delayed introduction method but I am not suited to living a double life playing homemaker by day and seductress by night.
That would only demonstrate to him that someone else is more deserving of my time which, surely, will cause jealousy problems in the long term.