Children and dating after divorce
“Tell him he’s leaving in six months for college, so get over it,” was my initial advice.We laughed about it, because obviously I was joking. While I think telling your kids to “get over it” is harsh, I think saying something nice that is semi-equivalent to that might be appropriate.
Open communication is the most important strategy parents can use during this time.Often the abuser who sees he is losing control will escalate the methods of control and abuse.The lies will be bolder and he may manipulate with more intensity. Continued use of the legal system may now be available to him.Establishing boundaries that feel comfortable for everyone is a challenge but will ultimately lead to a healthier transition.Knowing when to begin dating after a divorce is a very personal decision and will be different for every individual.