divorce360.com provides help, advice and community for people
contemplating, going through or recovering from divorce and the issues around it,
including separation, divorce laws, spousal support and emotional issues.

after-divorce  :: parenting

Anger Training: Find a New Partner

Anger Training: Find a New Partner

Parenting: After Divorce, Take Time When Introducing Kids to a New Love


    You’ve finally got your divorce finalized and you are happy to say you can move on with your life. But how important is your child’s opinion after the divorce? Especially when it pertains to meeting the new person in your life.
It is important that this introduction is planned carefully since you don’t want to offend anyone. The same way you want your child to have respect for your new date -- should be the same way you want your new date to respect your child. Children should not be forced to accept the new person in your life. It is understandable that you like this new person and you want your child to like him or her as well, but the child may still be coping with the divorce and may feel mom and dad could still work things out.

Transition and adjustment are important when introducing children to new people. Every situation is different -- some children can adjust very quickly to new people. However, all children do not show their emotions especially older children who want to make their parents happy. 

The introduction stage should be a gradual one and not a forced meeting. Ask your child first, how they feel about meeting the new person in your life. Please do not be offended if the child refuses to meet your new friend. Perhaps this is their way of saying, “ I am not done healing yet”.
Remember: Just because you have moved on after the divorce, doesn’t mean your child has.    

Kenia Maldonado, LMSW and CAMF, holds a master’s degree in social administration from Columbia University School of Social Work. She is currently working as a family case analyst in the New York courts. She is also the founder of NY Anger Training. Kenia can be reached at nyangertraining@aol.com.

divorce New this week::

Transition Institute: Telling Your Spouse You want to Split - Mental Health: The Dos, Don'ts of Telling Your Spouse You Want a Divorce


Your Kid Wants To Live With Ex - Tips On How To Cope If Your Child Wants To Change Homes


Living with a Habitual Liar? - Relationships: Four Ways You Can Tell if Your Spouse is Telling You a Whopper


divorce Community::
popular blogs
Interesting .. Back to School Dance ..
My STBX is refusing to acknowledge that the kids are headed back to their...read more 

Ol' Iron Fists and the Green Car ..
He really doesn't get it or he does and it's just a set up for me to be the bad...read more 

It's all sinking in with this weekend ..
It has taken me almost 48 hours to assimilate what went down over the weekend...read more 

get/give answers
Looking for non conflict ways to deal with the STBX on the legal terms
Ok, so it looks like we are headed to trial. I'm looking for some phrases that...Read Answers/share yours 

High Conflict EX
How does one deal with a high conflict Ex? I have no access to mediation...Read Answers/share yours 

Husband is threatening to destroy our business
My husband and I are going through a divorce. We own a business with another...Read Answers/share yours 

expert Q&As
Faith Therapy : Does a Separation Work?
My Husband and I Are Having Trouble. Is It a Good Idea for Us to Separate?...read more 

Stress Relief: Tips to Help after Separation
Mental Health: Overwhelmed by Changes in Household Routine. What Should I do?...read more 

About Law: Do Divorce Kits Work?
Legal: What You Should Consider When You Think About Divorcing Using a Kit...read more 

expand information center
divorce360.com's ecards

Find divorce professionals in your area

Find lawyers
Find financial professionals
Find coaches
divorce focused content ::
divorce most popular ::
1. Are You Reading Your Spouses Text Messages?
Stop! It May Be Illegal & May Hurt Your Case

2. Eager To Check Those Texts?
Think your Spouse is Cheating? Professionals Can Check Text Messages

3. 8 Things No One Ever Tells You about Divorce
Number Three May Surprise You

4. Office Affairs on the Rise
Infidelity: From Shop Talk to Pillow Talk, Infidelity in the Office is Increasing

5. They Won't Leave? Now What?
You Want a Divorce, but Your Spouse Won’t Leave. Here’s How to Get 'em out