For example, "I'm going to have dinner with a man/woman that I met at work.We're going to talk for a few hours after dinner and then I'll be home. Chances are good that he or she already has a good idea of what dating is all about! For example, "I'm going out on a date with (person's name) on Friday.This roller coaster ride is hard enough for adults. The other side of this is that children are often not all that nice to people their parents are dating.And why would you want to expose your new friend to that?Just as you like to spend time with your special friends, I also want some time to be with my friends."With pre-teens and young teens (11-14) you can broach the topic of dating after the divorce. I'm wondering how you feel about me starting to date." Note: This does not mean that you are asking your child's permission to date. You are simply initiating discussion that is likely to be ongoing.This is a good time to reassure your child that even though you are beginning to go out on dates, you will still always reserve time for just the two of you.
If you need a reminder about what to expect at each developmental stage have a look here When talking with young children (infants and toddlers) describe the person you are seeing as a friend. I'll be back soon."With preschoolers (ages 3-5) still describe the person you will be going out with as as friend. You will likely want to have a more in-depth conversation about dating.
Take things slowly and give everyone the time they need to adjust to this new world of dating after divorce.
How long after my divorce should I wait before I begin dating?
Should I wait until my children are grown before dating?
This is obviously a very personal decision with no one right answer.