Introducing them to someone who doesn’t stick around can be hurtful, especially if attachments are established.
Before introducing your children to your significant other, prepare them for the meeting.
We "dated" in junior high and high school, so becoming reacquainted via the miraculous Internet at 35 was actually pretty easy (even if it was over several hundred miles).
Children are naturally competitive, especially when it comes to their parent's attentions. In fact, even big cities can feel pretty small in these situations.
Your children may not want to share the spotlight, and that may never change.
Tell them about your partner, and encourage them to help plan the introduction. It will take time for your children and partner to develop a relationship.
Do not be overly affectionate in front of your children. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and a Masters in social work from the University of Illinois in Chicago, where she specialized in mental health.
Taking steps to reduce problematic responses, resistance and stress will help to minimize the effect on your children. You know your children and are best equipped to know how to handle the situation.