To help make the transition from mommy or daddy to date, lover, boyfriend or girlfriend, stop thinking of yourself as just a parent, and start thinking of yourself as an attractive, devastatingly sexy single.To help boost your confidence, take more care with your appearance than you might be in the habit of doing.Even if you fit the description of single mom or dad, it's important for you to realize that you are more than just a parent.You are a vibrant, energetically alive adult who deserves to have a social life.
But if you don't take care of yourself, you won't be able to take care of your children.We waited another four months before we showed any affection (hand holding, kissing) in front of them.After that, we slowly started holding hands and told the kids he was my boyfriend.You finally meet someone you really, really like and want to introduce him to your kids. It's the respectful thing to do if you have a good relationship with him. Here are a few ground rules for introducing a new love to your children. A group setting allows children to feel non-threatened. Go Slowly: Remember, you might be in love, but your children need time to get used to a new situation. I had to take him aside and say, “I am so glad you like him! Before you even think about introducing your children to your new boyfriend, you need to have been dating for at least six months. It takes at least six months to begin to really know a person. Group Setting: Have the first five meetings in a group setting.Three years and six months later -- we are one super happy family and all because we took it slowly.I love my children too much to rush into anything with anyone. More from Gal Time.com: • 5 Tips for Dating a Guy with Kids • Why You Shouldn't Rule Out Single Parents • 5 Movies Guys Say They Love...You have to take care of your own emotional, mental, and physical needs before you can help your children.If you're sacrificing your social life for your children, you're not doing them a favor.There are plenty of people who like children and who want to date someone with children.While other single parents are probably the most likely to be interested in dating someone with children, there are lots of people who have no children of their own who would be delighted with a ready-made family.