Single parents who have got back into the dating scene are often in a dilemma about when and how to introduce their dates to their kids. Here’s how to introduce your date to your kids.
It would be better if you mentioned your child (ren) to your date, before he/she gets to see them. Also, tell him/her something unique about each of your kids. For instance, if your eight year old daughter learns Bharatanatyam, let your date know about it. This way, when he/she is introduced to your child, he/she will know exactly what to talk about.
It is important that you try not to discipline your children in such a way that they end up feeling awkward, in front of your date, uncertain of their own behavior, and wary of earning your displeasure. They should be allowed to be themselves; it is then that your date will get to interact with them better. Besides, if your date wishes only to see your kids rather than hear them, then he/she is not worth you or your kids!
The best way to get rid of the discomfiture and awkwardness is to plan a fun outing for all of you that will set the mood right. You may let your child pick the place, he would like to go to – be it to the amusement park or the neighbourhood park, where he/she can play on the swings or play games. Make sure your children and your date get enough time to spend together and get to know each other. Do not leave either your children or your date alone; in fact, if you leave them to interact without you acting as the interpreter or mediator, both the parties would gel better.
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