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How do we help kids through these transitions and avoid instability? Kristen Hadfield, a post-doctoral fellow I supervise at the Resilience Research Centre who has been doing research in the US, Ireland and Canada on mothers, stepparents and kids. First, parents are cycling in and out of romantic relationships at a higher rate than ever before.
Parents who get into these relationships may have very different expectations for how things should be than the men and women who they’re bringing home.You should talk with your child about your new adult friends.Allow your youngster to express her feelings and opinions.As far as entering new romantic relationships when you’re a parent, there seem to be two competing ideas about how to handle telling the kids.Many parents prefer not to tell their children about their new relationship until it becomes more serious, usually after a few months.