Even with just two people involved, dating can be challenging.Adding a child and potentially a co-parent to the equation means there are even more factors to be aware of.If the parent introduced someone as “just a colleague” but then later it’s apparent you’re dating, they are going to feel tricked and that isn’t good for the relationships between everyone involved, she explains.
And BTW, this is how many dates it takes until something is a relationship.
Generally speaking, children are less enthusiastic about their parents’ divorce than the parents themselves – and are also less-than enthusiastic about the prospect of any new partner in the picture.
Maybe you haven't been hitting the gym regularly. Keep in mind that if you're dating in your age range, the people you're dating are probably thinking the same things about their body that you are. It may take hold of you with both hands in a grip so tight you can't, and don't want to try to, escape it.
Maybe if you've had a few kids you have some saggy bits. Love really is pretty blind, and the right person won't give two shakes about your stretch marks. Just know that children have literally zero desire to have the existing parent "replaced." Even if you would sooner see your ex disappear into the Bermuda Triangle, your children are unlikely to share this sentiment. And we try to talk as a group when things aren't going well. Slandering your ex will only make your children hate you, and the new partner as well. It may not be exactly easy to integrate that love into the life you had with your kids before that person came along, but it's not impossible.
You may find that you spend more time thinking about your motherly (or fatherly) physique.