A good standard is waiting a minimum of six months following separation from a spouse, suggests the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The bad news is next to divorce, getting into a new relationship is the second leading cause of temporary insanity. A new relationship can be an exhilarating and blissful experience.Neuman recalls, "This 13-year-old kid once said to me, 'I feel, now that my parents are separated, that Idon't exist.'"While most children don't articulate their feelings so strongly -- in fact, most shrug or say "okay"if asked how they're coping with a parental split -- therapists who work with children of divorce agreethat divorce makes kids question who they are, where they came from, and where their lives are headed.That's not an argument for or against divorce, for or against dating.It’s hard to definitively say why this is, but the general belief is that mom is often considered the primary caretaker and is thus expected to maintain the status quo.Socializing with your kids included is a good way to approach the social scene.
Some children may have a positive response to having a new adult figure in their lives.