A child who feels as though mom’s boyfriend is the “enemy” will have a more difficult time adjusting long term. If your new guy has discussed an interest in meeting your children or expressed a desire to blend your families, it’s a sure sign he’s ready.

But a child who feels like mom’s boyfriend adds something positive to the mix will be more likely to warm up and ultimately cultivate a healthy relationship. This should make YOU feel ready to introduce him to your kids as well; a partner who’s ready and willing to meet and accept all of you (kids included) is someone you’re going to want to keep around.

If you recently started dating someone new AND you have kids, it can be tough to decide when you should introduce them to the new person in your life.

If you’re Dating with Dignity, you shouldn’t find it too difficult to make that choice. If you’re casually dating someone and don’t see them as a part of your forseeable future, introducing them to your kids is definitely unnecessary.

They had been dating for a little over two months and she was head over heels in love with him.

But she began questioning their relationship when her daughter Baylie, age eight, starting complaining about Kevin coming over – especially when his nine-year-old son, Ryan, came along for the visit.

Rather than planning a long visit, it’s best to have a brief, casual meeting with few expectations.

Another important consideration when introducing your kids to a new love interest is their age.But for extra help, Marni shares three signs you know it’s time to introduce your guy to the kids. It will only confuse kids if they’re continually introduced to a barrage of suitors.Dates two and three do not need to pick you up at home if your kids are there.Keep communication open with your children and reassure them that you’re not looking for a replacement for dad.Instead, let them know that mom has a lot of love to give and that adults have a different kind of love that’s currently missing from your life.You can even introduce him as your friend rather than your boyfriend at first and then let him slowly get to know your kids (and you in the role of mother).