Single young moms dating
"From a young age, my girls knew if I was going on a date, and whether or not I would start seeing him again."That said, you know your kids, their relationship with their father (if it applies) and your circumstances better than anyone.
If initially telling them you're going to your book club feels safer, than mother knows best.
Mom-shaming—the critical and outright rude comments people make about a mother's perceived parenting fails—is all too rampant, and people may offer unsolicited thoughts on your new dating life.
"Judgment may come from family or friends who have their own opinions about how appropriate it is for a single mom to date," St. "Take it with a grain of salt, and trust your instincts." St.
"Don’t do it until both you and your children are in a peaceful place," Good adds.
John suggested), and address any questions and feelings they have. John said she didn't introduce her own kids to men until she was confident he was "safe," and they'd been together long enough for her to know things were getting serious. "Lillibridge, whose kids were toddlers when she started dating, said she took the approach of introducing new boyfriends as just another one of her platonic male friends.
While this might sound noble, children learn a lot by observation, and it doesn’t teach kids what a good relationship—or dating life—looks like.""I never wanted my kids to choose to stay home because they worried about me being lonely," Lillibridge continues.
"It’s important that kids don't feel responsible for their mom’s social life.
Dating—and the possibility of rejection that comes with it—can test even those with unbreakable self-esteem.
So before you post a profile or say yes to that coffee date, wait until you're sure "you're strong enough to handle the setbacks, the ghosting, and other potentially bad behavior out there," says Lucy Good, founder of Beanstalk, an online community for single mothers.