Children and teens don’t have the cognitive and emotional maturity necessary to understand and cope with adult sexuality.Plus, they unconsciously observe everything their parents do as guides for how to behave.
As a child psychiatrist, I have treated a large number of children who were harmed by the poor choices their parents made while dating.
I also saw parents do quite a few disturbing things while I was recently single and dating, but you don’t have to give up on dating with children; and you don’t have to be a spinster to protect your children if you are smart about it.
You’d be surprised at how many single mothers go on long rants on their dating profiles about how their children already have a father and how they are not looking for a new father, blah, blah, blah.
Trust me, the rest of us have no desire to try to replace your child’s other parent, but when you talk about it so much, it makes us start to wonder.
There are a number of fine books on dating for single parents out there, but until you’ve read a few, keep these tips in your back pocket in case of emergency.
[image: via Toni Verdú Carbó on flickr] Ready for conscious, like-minded individuals you really want to meet?
Here is my top 10 list of things parents and people dating parents should never do, based on my experience as a child psychiatrist, step-parent, parent, step-child and recent online dater.
Armed with these tips, you can confidently get back in the dating pool knowing that you are not putting your children at risk.
I could write a book on all the reasons why this is a bad idea, but until I do, please just trust me on this one.